Volume 16 Issue 09 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Door County Community News for May 14 – 28

    Quick looks at Door County community news.

  • Rediscovered Identity: Wagon Trail is now Rowleys Bay Resort

    When Jewel Peterson Ouradnik of the Wagon Trail Resort called Susie Watson for marketing advice last November, she was just looking for guidance about where she should be advertising.

  • “Green Business Quarterly” Recognizes Virge Temme Architecture, Inc. of Sturgeon Bay

    Two Wisconsin companies were featured in the latest issue of Green Business Quarterly, a national publication which spotlights the top North American companies involved in green business throughout the world.

  • Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Protected Habitat Doubles

    The greenest celebration on Earth Day revolved around the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and the announcement that the critical habitat supporting America’s sole endangered dragonfly species would more than double in size.

  • May Green Drinks Topic: Transition Town Initiative

    The last scheduled meeting of Green Drinks will be held on Wednesday, May 26 from 4:30 – 6 pm at Glas, the green coffeehouse on Sturgeon Bay’s west side.

  • Settlement Shops Host Annual Early Market Plant Sale

    The Settlement Shops of Fish Creek will host its Annual Early Farmer's Market Plant Sale on Saturday, May 29 from 10 am – 2 pm. This annual event features a variety of plants for sale including Grandma's Old-Fashioned Perennials, local Door County perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and herbs.

  • Sign Up Early for a CSA Share

    Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have sprouted up throughout the United States since 1984 and have gained popularity in recent years. CSA involves individuals (called “members”) who make an investment in their local farmer at the beginning of the season in return for a portion of vegetables (called a “share”) throughout the growing season.

  • Green Facts

    4 Number of meat packers that control 80 percent of the market 13 The number of slaughterhouses that process the majority of America’s beef 49 Days it takes to grow a chicken for Tyson Source: Food, Inc.

  • Green Quote

    "Young people really are not printers. When was the last time your children demanded a printer? They want the electronic device. We've got to do some work about having them believe and feel that printing isn't a sort of environmental negative.

  • White Gull Inn On Good Morning America Saturday

    Good Morning America visited the White Gull Inn May 4 to film a segment for their contest to find America's best breakfast. Ameya Pendse and Marysol Castro of Good Morning America filmed with White Gull Inn owners Andy and Jan Coulson, sampling the inn’s Cherry Stuffed French Toast.

  • Children Welcome to Audition for Kids By Kids Theater Day Camp

    Summer is just around the corner and that means that it’s time for the sixth annual For Kids By Kids Theater Day Camp at Third Avenue Playhouse. Children ages 9 to 14 are eligible to audition for the camp at one of two sessions to be held on Tuesday and Thursday, June 8 and 10, from 6 - 8 pm at TAP.

  • AFT Features “Guys & Does”

    Guys & Does, American Folklore Theatre's smash-hit musical comedy about Wisconsin deer hunting, is moving to Door Community Auditorium this coming fall.

  • Door County News and Notes from May 1 – 14

    The Gibraltar baseball team clinched a share of their first Packerland Conference championship in 22 years by shutting out Sturgeon Bay May 10, but coach Jay Kita said the team has loftier goals.

  • Isadoora Presents “Painting Churches”

    Despite the unforeseen circumstances that forced Merv Massey to withdraw from his role as Gardner in Painting Churches, the show will go on! Isadoora Theatre Company’s production will take the stage at the Ephraim Village Hall May 13 – 16 and 20 – 23 with Richard Ooms stepping in to the role.

  • Sevastopol Spring Concert Takes Place May 14

    The Sevastopol Junior High and High School Spring Concert will take place at St. Peter & Paul Church on Hwy 57 in Institute on May 14, 7 pm. Audience members will be treated to an hour and a half of music, and they can expect to hear a variety of musical styles, including acappella, Spanish, Renaissance, Popular, Romantic, and Jazz.

  • Upcoming Door County News

    Highlights from the news to come in Door County.

  • PMF Offers Online Auction on John Browning Records

    Four vinyl recordings of Grammy winning pianist John Browning have been gifted to the Peninsula Music Festival, and the festival is making them available to Browning’s fans via an online auction.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Free Concerts

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host two free concerts in May. On May 16 at 1:30 pm the members of the viola studio at Lawrence University will perform works studied during the Viola Retreat Weekend with Associate Professor Matthew Michelic and guest artist Christine Rutledge, viola faculty at the University of Iowa.

  • Door County’s Ski Cowboy

    From Frank Sinatra’s signature fedora to the famous Sullivan suits worn by the Beatles, clothing has long played an important role in pop culture. For Sister Bay’s Greg “Fuzzy” Sunstrom, his unorthodox workout attire gained him entry to the oldest, longest, and biggest cross country ski race in the world.

  • Anclam Beach In Line for Upgrades

    Baileys Harbor may be the next town to catch the beach renovation wave. The town board approved a $500,000 plan produced by Lakeshores Landscape and Design Inc.

  • TAP Features The Talk of the Town

    The Talk of The Town, under the leadership of Kevin Van Ess, is one of the hottest Dixieland/Swing Style Jazz Groups north of New Orleans. The group, featuring clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, banjo, bass, piano, and drums makes a return appearance at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on May 22 at 7:30 pm.

  • A Tale of Two Venues

    The Pro Arte Quartet is slated to perform at the Ephraim Moravian Church on May 15, 7:30 pm, a mere two days after performing at the Joan and Sanford I.

  • YMCA Offers Summer Camp Options

    Sunshine, blue skies, warm temps and no school can only mean one thing – it’s time for summer camp! The Door County YMCA offers a safe and caring environment where kids and teens have fun, learn new skills, get outdoors, make friends and make memories.

  • 2nd Annual Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Event

    The 2nd Annual Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Event, including competitive, educational, and social events, is scheduled for June 18, 19 and 20. A guided Eco-Tour, merging the joys of paddling with the natural history of Detroit Harbor, is offered June 19.

  • Help Whitefish Dunes Eliminate Invasive Plants

    The public is welcome to join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes to eliminate Dame’s Rocket, Garlic Mustard, and Hounds Tongue to preserve rare plants. Wildlife Technician, Mike Locatelli, will lead participants every Friday in May.

  • Enjoy Discovery Bird Hikes This Summer Season

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is offering Discovery Bird Hikes on May 15 and 22, and then every Saturday morning in June and July. Birders should meet at the Ridges Nature Center, 8288 County Q, at 6:30 am.

  • An Outlook

    A guest columnist helps Steve out with a turn on the page.

  • 10th Annual Scottie Rally May 22

    The bagpipes are calling. Over 130 Scottish Terriers from the United States and Canada will be arriving in Baileys Harbor for the 10th Annual Door County Scottie Rally (DCSR) May 22.

  • Notes from the Grove

    News and notes from the Town of Liberty Grove from Liberty Grove Chairman John Lowry.

  • Peninsula Pulse Server of the Week

    At the Good Eggs cabana, There’s a dude wearing a bandana, Who makes terrific breakfast burritos, And smoothies flavored with banana. He’s often dancing or singing aloud, Earning some tips from that day’s crowd, And it’s for these reasons, That his boss is so dang proud! Congratulations to Matt Burress!

  • Taking a look at the world in numbers

    A look at the world in numbers.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:21pm

    Notes from the world of science.

  • …that some managers lack leadership skills?

    "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.

  • Horoscopes

    Taurus (April 20 – May 20): A typing lesson will go awry when a mosquito sabotages your right index finger. Gemini (May 21 – June 21): Your penchant for drama will soon clash terribly with your boss’s penchant for office tranquility.

  • Tree Swallow

    Door County, with its 250 miles of shoreline, more than any other county in the country, attracts a very large population of summering Tree Swallows. Undoubtedly they rank near the top in value of all transient fair-weather passerine visitors to this elongated land of scenic beaches.

  • Building a Community? Just Add Water

    Getting past yacht club misconceptions.

  • Pulse Photopoll

    “I’d like to see U2 do an acoustic set at Door County Auditorium.” – Collin Dahl “Fears For Fears.” – Lisa Harding “Willie Nelson.” – Elaine MacDonald “Chevelle” – Kembria Burr “V.V. Brown.” – Jerry Spitz

  • Tech This Out

    Most computer users have had the problem at some time or another: you go to print out a document, or show a friend some pictures, and realize that your files are on another computer.

  • Notes from the Door County business community

    A quick look at Door County business news.

  • Door County Auditorium Announces 2010 Lineup

    In 2010, the Door Community Auditorium will celebrate its 20th year with one of its most ambitious and diverse lineups to date. Between mid-May and late November of 2010, the auditorium will present over a dozen shows, ranging from the cutting-edge country of roots-rock band Mountain Heart (June 20) to the vibrant Mexican fusion of Los Lobos (July 23) to the pure soprano of folk icon Joan Baez (July 16).

  • Steel Bridge Songfest Collaborates with Door County Maritime Museum

    Steel Bridge Songfest enlists the Door County Maritime Museum and the entire Sturgeon Bay waterfront community in orchestrating a sonic event the likes of which have never been heard – “The Great Sturgeon Bay Ship Horn Sound Off!”

  • Gibraltar Grill Music Fest Kicks Off May 29

    On Memorial Day Weekend, the fifth annual Music Fest at the Gibraltar Grill begins. Through September 18, the Gibraltar Grill will include 32 free concerts on its patio with performances beginning at 8:30 pm and running until approximately 11 pm.

  • Door County Maritime Museum Resumes Tours of the John Purves

    The Door County Maritime Museum resumes tours of its popular in-water exhibit, the tug John Purves, with a daily slate of 40-minute, docent-led tours in May.

  • UUF Features “Silent Spring”

    Most agree the impetus for the environmental movement was a book written by Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, later made into a movie of the same title. Silent Spring will be shown at the UU Fellowship’s Movies That Matter monthly series May 18, 7 pm.

  • Orchard Country Winery & Market Features Limited Edition Wine

    Orchard Country Winery & Market will release in limited quantity, the third edition of their Door County Lighthouse Wine featuring Sherwood Point Lighthouse and artist Bridget Austin on May, 15, 10 am – 5 pm.

  • Volunteer for the Crossroads’ Historical Village

    The Door County Historical Society is busy preparing the Historical Village at The Crossroads at Big Creek for the summer. They are looking for volunteers to interpret the village on Sunday afternoons and during special events.

  • Successful Bahama Mamas Getaway

    The annual Groovin Sisterhood event in Sturgeon Bay, April 23 – 25, was a successful and groovy weekend. This year’s theme was Bahama Mamas Getaway by the Bay, where 270 ladies spent a whirlwind weekend enjoying a variety of classes and sessions, including a fashion show, comedy show, indoor beach party, and B&B tour.

  • Heritage Days begins June 6

    Heritage Days 2010 will kick off a week of fun-filled activities with a dinner at the Gibraltar Grill June 6. Continuing throughout the week, special events include something for every member of the family: a sunset serenade, walking tours through Fish Creek’s historical village, an antiques road show, and dance at the firehouse.

  • Tishler Speaks at Baileys Harbor Historical Society Meeting

    On May 15 at 2 pm William Tishler will give the first presentation of 2010 for the Baileys Harbor Historical Society on the Frogtown Art Colony in Baileys Harbor, the subject of his next book, at Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

  • Celebrate Astronomy Day May 15

    Astronomy Day 2010 comes to Sturgeon Bay on May 15. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society wants to use this day to share the Astronomy Campus at Crossroads at Big Creek, which includes the Leif Everson Observatory, the Ray and Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center and the StarGarden.

  • Keeping Out the Carp

    It’s big, it’s ugly, and it has sparked yet another border battle between Wisconsin and Illinois. The Asian Carp, an invasive species that typically grows to 12 – 15 pounds but can approach 100 pounds, has made its way up the Chicago Shipping and Sanitary Canal and near Lake Michigan.

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming golfing events.

  • IdleWild Gearing Up For the Season

    For the month of May, IdleWild is offering 10 minutes of free lessons. Free lessons will also be available at the May 29 “TaylorMade and Callaway Demo Day” from 9 am – 1 pm.

  • Alpine Ladies League Seeks Players

    The Alpine Womens’ Golf Association is actively seeking new members at all levels for the 2010 season. In past years, the Alpine WGA has consisted of nine-hole match play, but by majority vote, the new format will be individual play with all members eligible for prizes after eight rounds.

  • First Big Cup At Peninsula State Park

    For the first time in history, Peninsula State Park will host a Big Cup Team Scramble tournament this spring. This will mark the first team scramble to be played in the park in recent history, and although not confirmed, quite possibly the first scramble to date.

  • DeJardin Moves to The Orchards

    For the first time since its inception in the mid-‘90s, the popular Jeff DeJardin Memorial four-person scramble will be held at The Orchards in Egg Harbor rather than its usual home in Sturgeon Bay at IdleWild.

  • High School Golf Wrap-Up

    The golf season is just underway for most of us. Yet, the Packerland Conference high school golf season came to a close Tuesday, May 4 at its final 18-hole conference championship at Northbrook Country Club in Luxemburg.

  • Maxwelton Braes Open For Business

    After a winter and spring of speculation and uncertainty, Maxwelton Braes Golf Course will be open this summer after all. Paul Becker, a Baileys Harbor native who learned how to play on the course, has signed a lease with Baylake Bank to operate the course through the summer.

  • “Sharing The Day”

    “Sharing The Day,” oil painting, by Judi Ekholm.

  • Lockwood, Rericha and Maltman featured at Woodwalk Gallery Reception

    Woodwalk Gallery will celebrate its 17th season with a reception on Sunday, May 30 from 4:30 – 7 pm. The reception is open to the public and will offer beverages, food, music and gallery talks by the first exhibit featured artists: Margaret Lockwood, Jim Rericha and Liz Maltman.

  • 16th Annual Door County Shepherds’ Market Scheduled

    The public is invited to attend the 16th Annual Door County Shepherds’ Market, scheduled for Saturday, May 22 from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, May 23 from 10 am – 3 pm.

  • 36th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art

    A reception was held at the Miller Art Museum on April 26 to recognize the outstanding artwork from students at all five area high schools. The 36th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art will continue through June 1.

  • Peninsula School of Art Hosts Family Day on May 15

    Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek will host an "art sampler" for its final Family Day of the school calendar on Saturday, May 15 from 10 am – 2 pm.

  • PAA Announces Dates for Summer 2010 Grant Cycle

    The Peninsula Arts Association (PAA), an organization that supports the Door County arts scene, is seeking original projects for ArtFund, a program created by the Wisconsin Arts Board to provide funds to art organizations throughout the state.

  • Community Mosaic Project Book Now Available for Pre-Order

    The Hardy Gallery’s new book, The Community Mosaic Project: Complete Artworks, 2008 - 2009, features over 650 digital images of the canvases created for the 2008 and 2009 projects.

  • 3 Thoughts From the National Tourism Week Breakfast

    1. The Door County Visitor Bureau has greatly improved when it comes to spreading the message about the importance of tourism to the county. They continue to stress the far-reaching impacts of tourism

  • Exhibit I Artists Hold Demonstrations

    Two of the artists from Exhibit I will be demonstrating their artistic mediums on Sunday, May 30 at Fine Line Designs Gallery from 11 am – 2 pm. Paul Klein will demonstrate how he makes the handmade paper for his lampshades.

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Announces Artist Reception

    Four artists with varied artistic mediums will join together for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s first opening reception of the year, Saturday, May 29 from 4 – 7 pm.

  • Q &A – Questions and Artists – Rob Williams

    The Peninsula Pulse has teamed up with the Door County Art League (DCAL) to reprint portions of interviews conducted by Randy Rasmussen with various artists.

  • A Portrait of the Artist (as a Young Woman)

    There’s no doubt that Door County has an amazing number of artists living on its peninsula. In my tenure as a freelance writer for the Pulse, I’ve been very fortunate in being able to write about many of them – from artists celebrating decades upon decades of creating art on the peninsula to the new galleries and artists that are just getting their feet wet in this creative culture of ours.

  • Ellison Bay Arts Spring Art Crawl Touches on History

    For this year’s Ellison Bay Spring Arts Crawl scheduled for May 15 and 16, 10 am – 5 pm, eight venues are celebrating not only their artistic endeavors from this winter but also the history of Ellison Bay by sharing the stories of their homes, studios and galleries.

  • Gallery at Domicile Begins Second Season with “Summer Breezes”

    The Gallery at Domicile opens for the 2010 season on Saturday, May 22, with the exhibit "Summer Breezes.” Now in its second season, the Gallery at Domicile represents Wisconsin artists showing exclusively at the historic Door County location in Sister Bay.

  • Photography Opening at the Base Camp Coffee Bar

    The Base Camp Coffee Bar and Tim Erskine announce a photography show opening Saturday, May 15 from 5 pm to– 7 pm, featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres.

  • Door County Art League Presents Potluck and Pricing Artwork Program

    On Monday, May 24, Door County Art League members will host a potluck dinner beginning at 6 pm at the Gibraltar Fire Department meeting room. Following the potluck, Cheryl Stidwell Parker and Dianne Saron will present a program entitled “How To Price Your Work.

  • Dethlefsen to Read Poetry at Novel Ideas

    Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor presents an afternoon of poetry and a book signing with Wisconsin poet Bruce Dethlefsen on Saturday, May 15 at 2 pm.

  • FROM THE ARCHIVES: Sally Slattery

    [Editor’s Note: In 2007, Sally Slattery won first prize in the prose category of the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Exposé for the following short story.

  • My Life Inside The Bureau

    I was let go recently from the Bureau. After giving my all to this federal institution I am disheartened. To process my curtailed career I thought it best to write about it.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 268

    If writers are both skilled and lucky, they may write something that will carry their words into the future, past the hour of their own deaths. I’d guess all writers hope for this, and the following poem by Peter Cooley, who lives in New Orleans and teaches creative writing at Tulane, beautifully expresses his hope, and theirs.

  • Local Talent Showcased at Ladder House

    Upper Midwest Music showcased a trio of acoustic artists at the Ladder House in Sturgeon Bay May 7. The lineup included local talent Rick Younglove, Mojo Perry (Appleton), and Eli August (Madison).

  • Visitor Bureau Touts New Website Design, Social Media

    They may be a little late to arrive, but the Door County Visitor Bureau hopes its new website makes it the life of the party when visitors search vacation destinations.

  • NWTC Builds Bike Racks for City

    The Welding class at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay has partnered with Door County Silent Sports Alliance to provide bike racks for the City of Sturgeon Bay.

  • “Green Business Quarterly” Recognizes Sturgeon Bay Architect

    Two Wisconsin companies were featured in the latest issue of Green Business Quarterly, a national publication which spotlights the top North American companies involved in green business throughout the world.

  • Visitor Spending Dropped $50 Million in 2009

    Visitor spending in Door County was down $50 million in 2009 from 2008, a 11 percent drop, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism today.

  • Tours Resume on Tug John Purves

    The Door County Maritime Museum resumes tours of the Tug John Purves this month with a daily slate of 40-minute docent-led tours. The immaculately restored 149-foot vessel was rededicated in late July 2008 after completion of a remarkable five-year restoration project.

  • Maxwelton To Open Next Week

    After a winter and spring of speculation and uncertainty, Maxwelton Braes Golf Course will be open this summer after all. Paul Becker, a Baileys Harbor native who learned how to play on the course, has signed a lease with Baylake Bank to operate the course through the summer.

  • Food and Shelter Funds Awarded to Door County

    Door County will receive $14,533.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.

  • Green Quote

    "Cutting income taxes while increasing gasoline taxes would lead to more rapid economic growth, less traffic congestion, safer roads, and reduced risk of global warming – all without jeopardizing long-term fiscal solvency.

  • Sevastopol Students Lend a Hand on Earth Day

    A group of 21 students from Sevastopol Schools helped out at The Ridges’ Logan Creek property on Earth Day. Along with their two supervising teachers, they grabbed shovels, wheelbarrows and rakes to repair trails and clean up garbage.

  • Green Facts

    27 million Number of Chinese homes that get their hot water from rooftop solar water heaters 90 Percent of Iceland’s homes heated with geothermal energy $100 Increase,

  • Solar Energy Project Completed on 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development joined in the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by honoring the completion of the new solar energy project on Kuehn Dairy Farm in Egg Harbor.

  • No More Text and Drive in WI

    Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle today signed into law legislation that will prohibit texting while driving in Wisconsin. Assembly Bill 496 prohibits sending an email or text message while driving, with certain exceptions, and imposes a fine of between $20 and $400, effective December 1, 2010.

  • Door County Half Marathon

    Getting Started Is the Hard Part at the Door County Half Marathon

    It was about 9:45 in the morning on Saturday when most of the thousand runners in the Door County Half Marathon swarmed into place along Shore Road, packed tight and eager for the start of the 3rd running

  • What’s With All These Flies?

    The tiny fly-like creatures one sees swarming by the zillions now, appearing like columns of smoke, are midges, very likely in the "Chironomid" genus, thankfully one of the non-biting midge species. Many

  • Ryf Wins Third Straight Door County Half Marathon

    Jason Ryf of Oshkosh took first place in the 3rd Door County Half Marathon today at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek. Ryf finished in 1:09:51, besting second-place finisher Francis Flanagan by more than three minutes.

  • Barbershop is Back at TAP!

    Fans of a cappella four-part harmonies and ringing chords will want to make tracks to Third Avenue Playhouse on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 pm for an evening of barbershop music.

  • Institute Saloon Hosts Polka Fest

    It’s springtime, which means it’s time for the annual May Polka Fest to be held at the Institute Saloon Dance hall, located on Highway 57, three miles north of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Peninsula Players Hosts Spring Clean Day

    Spring is in the air and in a few short weeks the acting company and technicians of Peninsula Players Theatre will arrive from across the country to begin their 75th year presenting plays along the shores of Green Bay.

  • Peninsula Chamber Singers Perform Spring Concert

    The Chamber Singers have been rehearsing weekly since February in preparation for their annual Spring Concert, which will be presented as a gift to the community on Saturday, May 8, 7 pm, at the United Methodist Church, in Sturgeon Bay, and on Sunday, May 9, 3 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.

  • Direct from Carnegie Hall – The Pro Arte Quartet Performs in Door County

    Midsummer’s Music again presents the Pro Arte Quartet – this time bringing a program directly from a Carnegie Hall concert two days earlier. The world-renowned quartet will perform on Saturday, May 15 at the beautiful, historic, and acoustically superb Ephraim Moravian Church at 7:30 pm.

  • Younglove, Perry and August at Ladderhouse

    Upper Midwest Music Presents three rockin’ songwriters at the Ladder House in downtown Sturgeon Bay on May 7. Starting at 9 pm, this all-acoustic evening features Mojo Perry (Appleton), and Eli August (Madison), with local talent Rick Younglove (Fish Creek) headlining.

  • Sue Fink Performs at Glas

    Chicago-based singer/songwriter Sue Fink has been entertaining audiences since 2001 with her quirky tales of love gone awry. On Thursday, May 27, Fink will perform her first Door County show at Glas, the green coffeehouse, 67 E.

  • Open Mic at Friendship Friday

    On Friday, May 7 from 8 – 10 pm at the coffee house within Prince of Peace church at the corner of 18th and Michigan, musicians Rick Gordon, Mick Maloney, and Troy Therrien will perform and host an open mic as part of the Family Centers’ Friendship Fridays.

  • Rastrelli Cello Quartet Travels to Sturgeon Bay

    Four cellos that play not only classical music, but ragtime and jazz? For anyone that thinks it is not possible, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet will be in Sturgeon Bay on May 7 to prove them wrong.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Three Concerts

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a number of free concerts, featuring students, faculty and guest artists, in the upcoming weeks. On Thursday, May 6, 4:30 pm, Patrice Michaels’ voice studio and the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra’s first violins will perform.

  • Door County YMCA Blossom Run Set for May 8

    The Door County YMCA’s 17th Annual Blossom Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 in Egg Harbor. This family oriented event includes a four-mile run, a two-mile run/walk and a one-mile youth run.

  • Control Invasive Species at Whitefish Dunes

    Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes to tackle Dame's Rocket, Garlic Mustard and Hounds Tongue and preserve rare plants found in the Park. Mike Locatelli, Wildlife Technician, will lead workdays every Friday in May to control the invasive species.

  • Vintage Nest of Door County Celebrates Spring

    Featuring a variety of vintage pieces – clothing, collectibles, jewelry, original art and more – the spring Vintage Nest of Door County’s themed “occasional sale” will emphasize the joys of spring, mothers, and flowers on May 7 and 8 at Viva la Cottage.

  • Trunk Show Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

    The Liberty Grove Historical Society and the Ellison Bay Service Club are again co-sponsoring the second Annual Trunk Show on May 29 on the society’s grounds at the top of the hill in Ellison Bay.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts Annual Shipyard Tours

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 18th annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 1, 9 am – 2 pm. On one very special day, the public is invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Native Wise Women Bring Plant Medicine and Healing of the Waters to Door County

    Dr. Melissa Nelson is hosting a unique cross-cultural learning opportunity at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay from May 14 – 16. Nelson is bringing in two, highly regarded Native American Yup’ik elders to Door County for a three-day workshop and prayer ceremony.

  • Gardening Program Touches on Tips from Near and Far

    The Door County Master Gardeners’ Association will host a free public gardening program on May 11 at the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek beginning at 7 pm.

  • Gibraltar Talks…

    The Gibraltar Historical Association’s monthly historic talk series begins on Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 pm at Gibraltar’s Old Town Hall located on the corner of Spruce and Maple Streets in Fish Creek.

  • Corner of the Past Farmer’s Market to Begin Ninth Season

    The Sister Bay Historical Society is looking forward to welcoming vendors and patrons when the Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday June 26 at the Corner of the Past, Highway 57 at Fieldcrest Road and Country Lane just 1 ½ miles south of downtown Sister Bay.

  • Family Centers Sponsors Elf and Tea Party

    Calling all fairies and elves! You and your parents are invited to join us for an evening of food, fun, and enchantment at the annual Fairy and Elf Tea Party.

  • Home Builders Sponsor Showcase of Homes

    The public is invited to tour nine newly constructed and remodeled homes, located throughout Door County, during the Showcase of Homes, sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA).

  • Crossroads Calls for Help

    On May Day, Crossroads at Big Creek is sending out a “may day” call for help. While there is no serious distress around the preserve, there are a number of tasks to accomplish.

  • Sister Bay Hosts Blossom Festival

    Celebrate spring in Sister Bay at the annual Blossom Festival – the first festival of the season! Daffodils and violets are blooming, tulips are on their way, and the sweet smell of cherry blossoms are just a few weeks away.

  • Spring Planting and Landscape Ideas Focus of Informational Program

    Baylake Bank Premier Club and the Door County YMCA are sponsoring an informational program on “Spring Planting & Landscape Ideas” at the Door County YMCA, 1900 Michigan St.

  • Ridges Work Day

    Everyone is invited to exercise their dormant muscles, enjoy fresh Door County air and go behind the scenes at The Ridges Sanctuary on May 1 from 8:30 am – noon to help out with The Ridges Spring Work Day.

  • Discovery Bird Hikes and Wildflower Walks Ring in Spring at The Ridges

    Spring in Door County means the reappearance of some of our most beautiful birds and wildflowers. What better way to enjoy these springtime treasures than by taking a leisurely hike? The Ridges Sanctuary is sponsoring a Discovery Bird Hike, as well as two guided wildflower hikes at their Logan Creek Property, on Saturday, May 10.

  • Peninsula Pulse Server of the Week: Wiwik Berns

    Congratulations to Wiwik Berns! Wiwik has traveled the world around, lucky for us in Door County she settled down. She’ll greet you with coffee, then flash her big smile, return with your food, with flair and with style.

  • Horoscopes

    Taurus (April 20 – May 20): The time for roller skates has arrived, so strap a couple to your hands and have a great time! Gemini (May 21 – June 21): You are likely to encounter an unfriendly arachnid during your next gardening session, but think of it as a chance to enjoy Halloween in May.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat, I have a friend who is an extremely loud "smacker." Whether chewing food, drinking a beer, or sipping coffee, this person tends to make some sort of noise in relation to their consumption.

  • Making the Turn

    Our frozen peninsula has finally thawed and it’s “game on” for the game of golf. A pleasant and unexpected mild spring allowed some early birds out earlier than usual.

  • Door County Half Marathon Shuttle Schedule

    Parking for the Door County Half Marathon is limited, so runners and spectators are encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle service arranged specially for the race.

  • National Poetry Month: Casey II

    Every April, during National Poetry Month, it has been my habit to share at least one poem with you in this space. Additionally, I usually have at least something to say about the return of baseball across the nation.

  • …that certain religious leaders do things that contradict the teachings of their faith?

    "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

    • Women with a family history of breast cancer are 59% less likely to develop the disease if they breastfeed their offspring (according to Dr. Alison Stuebe of UNC Chapel Hill).

  • A look at the world in numbers

    A look at the world in numbers.

  • Liberty Grove Town Update

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The US Postal Service has notified the town that they will utilize the North Fire Station as a temporary location during the remodeling of the Ellison Bay Post Office.

  • 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 students to fit them snug into boxes.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Duches is a beautiful female Border Collie mix. She is approximately seven years old and loves to be around people. She was recently surrendered to us and is having a difficult time adjusting to the shelter life.

  • Door County Community News For May 1 – 14

    A brief look at Door County community news.

  • Tech This Out

    With a few hours remaining Monday, April 5, the two coach buses carrying my fellow Gibraltar High School music students and I to Disney World made an unexpected stop.

  • Do More in Door County When Liberty Square Reopens

    The last of the snow has melted away, the daffodils and trillium are blooming in the gardens and forests, and Liberty Square’s restaurants and shops are about to reopen for business.

  • Business News for May 1

    A brief look at the latest in business news from Door County.

  • The Year of the Tiger

    There are always magical moments in my stays while living abroad. While living in Sweden, it was when I was able to confidently say my lines and sing in Swedish in our high school musical.

  • The Trout Lily

    One of the most delicate and widespread little wild lilies in North America blooms by the millions in northeastern Wisconsin hardwoods each late April into early May.

  • Peninsula Pulse Moves to Frogtown

    The Peninsula Pulse has a new home in Baileys Harbor.

  • Uncertainty Clouds Fairways at Maxwelton

    Maxwelton Braes Golf Resort, one of the county's oldest, is in the control of Baylake Bank after being foreclosed on last November. The bank hasn't decided if it will open the course this summer.

  • Early Bloom

    April’s unseasonably warm temperatures advanced Door County’s cherry blossoms by about three weeks, and though the accelerated pace has made for a picturesque spring landscape, it has put growers on edge.

  • Coming Up May 1 – 14

    A look at the news to come in early May.

  • What Happened April 16 – 30

    A quick look at what happened around Door County the last two weeks.

  • Bike Summit To Feature State Planning Experts

    The Door County Silent Sports Alliance (DCSSA) has put together a panel of experts from around the state for the Second Annual Door County Bike Summit to be held Wednesday, May 5 at the Ladder House in Sturgeon Bay at 5 pm.