Volume 16 Issue 15 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Feed the Belly

    Plum Bottom Pottery will be hosting the second annual launch of the summer edition of Knock: Door County Arts and Lit Journal Thursday June 15 from 6 – 9 pm for an evening of art, food, and literature. The event will mark the eighth issue of Knock, which is themed the Belly. The new summer […]

  • New Poetry from Barbara Larsen

    New Poetry from Barbara Larsen Editor’s Note: I set out to choose two poems from Door County Poet, Barbara Larsen’s new book of poetry Finding Tongues in Trees to publish in the Pulse.

  • Loves Precept and Denial

    Episode 10 Oh love, if we could find a path, away from all this aftermath. And linger as we wonder through this forest of enchanted hue. Then I within my heart would know, past semblance of a fading show.

  • Two Poems

    When Wildflowers Emerge When wildflowers emerge in spring they dress like Carnival goers disguised as moments of color before the Lenten plain. Trillium begin their days in first-communion white then learn to blush from experience of dancing airs in May.

  • Champan Signs Books in Sturgeon Bay

    Area readers are invited to meet Brett Champan, a Wausau native and current resident of northeastern Wisconsin, who will be signing his new novel, Rearview Sunset, at Book World in Sturgeon Bay Saturday, July 10, 11 am – 3 pm.

  • The Committee for Predatory Detonation

    Farm folk, despite their quaint and gentle appearance, are essentially criminal. To this observation any average sampling confirms the indictment. Even while sitting around a farm shop and generally minding their own business an alteration in character is manifest as Clark Kent turning into Superman, in this case super detonation.

  • State’s First Poet Laureate Reads at UU Dickinson Series

    Renowned poet Ellen Kort will share her poetry July 14, 7 pm, at the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series.

  • Second Act

    In 1939, serious throat surgery forced Herbi Hardt to leave his job at the Old Heidelberg in Chicago. He could no longer sing for an entire evening, but he was able to do a song or two at a retirement party for one of his wife Emily’s teacher friends.

  • The Eastern Phoebe

    There are few birds whose spring arrival we more eagerly anticipate than the Eastern Phoebe. They can live upwards of nine years and frequently return to the same nesting site in successive years.

  • Door County Land Trust. Shoreline, Dunes and Forest Walk.

    Door County’s Growing Shoreline?

    Somehow, Door County’s shoreline is growing. Well, at least that’s what you can infer from trends in articles.

  • Sturgeon Bay Police Get Helping Hand

    It is a sunny and warm afternoon when I arrive at the City Municipal building in Sturgeon Bay. I meet officer Steve South in the offices of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department (SBPD), and he leads me through a doorway, past a bustling conference room filled with uniformed officers, and down a series of hallways into an interrogation room located in the bowels of the building.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 5:13pm

    • The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state June 30. The court was unanimous in rejecting a lawsuit that claimed the amendment violated a rule that limits referendum questions to a single subject. The lawsuit was brought by Dr. William McConkey, a Door County resident and University of […]

  • Article posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 5:06pm

    • Feed the Fish, the movie starring Tony Shalhoub that was filmed in Door County in the winter of 2009, is returning to the peninsula. The Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6 will show the film beginning July 23. Feed the Fish was filmed in northern Door County and Los Angeles, California. The film has many Wisconsin […]

  • Green Quote

    “If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next 100 years.” – The conclusion of a group of systems analysts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reached in their book, Limits to Growth, […]

  • Green Facts

    7 million The number of storage containers offloaded in the United States from Asian-based ships 4.5 million The number of those ships that returned to Asia with nothing aboard

  • Contractor Meet and Greet at the Crossroads at Big Creek

    The Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) will host various contractors on Thursday, July 15 from 1:15 – 3 pm. The meeting will provide landowners the opportunity to learn about what local businesses can provide for noxious weed control.

  • What to do with Batteries

    Renewable energy has become more and more important in recent years as oil prices continue to increase. Yet many people still throw the most portable form of energy – batteries – in the garbage once they're dead.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:28pm

    Market research studies have become one of the driving forces in the world economy. Product developers, advertising agencies, and marketers of every kind pour millions of dollars into studies that range from the amount and type of toilet paper the American consumer uses each time they visit the lavatory to how long a piece of gum lasts and whether flavor that lasts or flavor that refreshes is the determining factor for the average gum-chewing consumer.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:24pm

    “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. Dr. Steiner holds a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology. In […]

  • Article posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:19pm

    • Women with a family history of breast cancer are 59 percent less likely to develop the disease if they breastfeed their offspring according to Dr. Alison Stuebe of UNC Chapel Hill. The study failed to show such an effect in women without a family history of the cancer. The advantages of breastfeeding are many, […]

  • Wisconsin water breakdown

    95,000 Acres of the Upper Mississippi River that lie within Wisconsin borders 1.2 billion Gallons of water underground in Wisconsin, enough to submerge the state in 100 feet of water $2 billion The assessed value of lakeshore property in Door County $1.1 billion The amount the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collects in fees from […]

  • Notes from the Grove: Shred Fest

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • A “Shred Fest” will be held jointly with the Village of Sister Bay on August 14 at the Sister Bay Sports Complex from 9 am to noon. Additional information is available […]

  • Door County Volleyball Update

    Husby’s took advantage of a Paul Nelson-less Four Season team to shake up the standings in rain-drenched play Wednesday night. Husby’s swept Four Seasons, moving into a first place tie with Blue Horse as the season hit the midway point.

  • Sports Schedule

    DOOR COUNTY LEAGUE BASEBALL Upcoming Schedule All games start at 1:30 pm unless noted • July 9 Institute @ Baileys Harbor, 8pm • July 11 Egg Harbor @ West Jacksonport Maplewood @ Washington Island Sister Bay @ Kolberg Standings Kolberg 9-0 Maplewood 5-4 Egg Harbor 5-4 West Jacksonport 4-4 Washington Island 4-5 Institute 4-5 Sister […]

  • Sister Bay Soccer Player in Olympic Development Tournament

    Sammy Johnson of Sister Bay was called up to participate with the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program’s (ODP) 1993 birth year squad. He will complete with an 18-person team in the ODP Region II Tournament & Camp in Kansas City, Missouri from July 15 – 18.

  • Door County United Sends 7 to Play Soccer at Next Level

    The Door County United Soccer Team completed its U18 season June 20, wrapping up a successful six-year run of competition at the highest levels in the state and throughout the Midwest.

  • Take a Kid Fishing Day Produces Smiles

    Smiles were not hard to find on Saturday, June 26, for the Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day organized by the Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club.

  • New Health Care Website Launched

    U.S. Senator Russ Feingold is encouraging all Wisconsinites and small business owners to visit a new health insurance website launched as a part of the landmark health care reform law.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Kia, Mercedes, Chevy, Dodge, Nissan and Jeep all have been affected by Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), a neurological disease in which kittens are born with an underdeveloped cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance, muscles and coordination.

  • Seasoning Sturgeon Bay

    El Sazon, which means “the seasoning,” is located in the West Marine Plaza on Highway 42 in Sturgeon Bay. The business began life as La Laguna, a Mexican grocery and restaurant owned by Rodriguez’s uncle Hector Sierra who sold the business to her.

  • Trolley Celebrates 10 Years

    • Door County Trolley, Inc. is celebrating 10 years in Door County tourism on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Guests who purchase trolley ride tickets on July 10 will receive complimentary brats and hot dogs, as well as the opportunity to win trolley gift certificates. Orchard Country Winery and Market is commemorating this special occasion with […]

  • Liam Teague

    Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Birch Creek faculty member and steelpan artist-in-residence, Liam Teague, will be performing in concerts at Birch Creek from July 14 – 17.

  • Door County Maritime Museum Presents the Newtonburg Brass Band

    The Summer Concert Series offered by the Door County Maritime Museum and its Friends organization presents the third concert in their six-week series.

  • David Beck Performs July 14

    Pianist and local favorite David Beck will be the featured artist for the fourth in a series of five summer concerts at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, July 14 at 7 pm.

  • Jana Nyberg Group Preforms at Hillside Inn

    On Tuesday, July 13 from 5 – 7pm, The Jana Nyberg Group will be performing at Chef Andy's Hillside Inn in Ellison Bay as part of their summer tour.

  • Birch Creek’s Percussion and Steel Band Perform

    On Monday morning, July 5, 38 talented young percussionists and 16 seasoned faculty members descended upon the Birch Creek campus to begin two-weeks of intense instruction, practice, and concerts in the Birch Creek Percussion & Steel Band Session.

  • Summer Vintage Market at Viva la Cottage

    On Saturday, July 10, Angie McMahon will share her enthusiasm for everything vintage in Summer Vintage Market, an all-day market amid the gardens surrounding Viva la Cottage, her shop in Ephraim.

  • Family Garden Fun at The Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is sponsoring the second in a series of “Family Vegetable Garden Fun” programs on Tuesday, July 13 from 3 – 5:30 pm.

  • The Tall Ships are Cruising By

    The 2010 Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival will take place August 13 – 15 at Leicht Park in Green Bay, with the Parade of Sail to take place in Sturgeon Bay the morning of Thursday, August 12.

  • Programs at the Crossroads

    On July 9 at 6 pm, the public is welcome to an informational meeting regarding Beech Bark disease. Representatives of the Wisconsin DNR will present a program about this new threat to Door County Forests.

  • Bat Programs at Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula State Park will feature Ken and Barb Bowman, founders of Bat Conservation of Wisconsin, on Saturday, July 10 for a morning and evening program featuring Wisconsin bats.

  • Respect the Badger

    Before each hole at the Red Putter’s entertaining and challenging course, a short rhyme gives advice on how to best approach the challenge ahead.

  • Mojo’s Dark and Stormy

    The perfect summer cocktail can be hard to find. It needs to be flexible. One must be able to combine the cocktail with any appetizer, mood swing, or weather condition.

  • Explore the Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes

    The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay delves into the world of the paranormal with the opening of its exhibit “Ghosts! Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes.

  • Door County Folk Festival

    The 31st Annual Door County Folk Festival will takes place July 7 – 11. More than 60 different events are scheduled for the five-day weekend, including dance, music, and singing workshops as well as dance parties, dance demonstrations, and children's activities.

  • Classes at Bjorklunden

    From August 1 – 7, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden in Baileys Harbor is offering two seminars: “The Comic Genius of Aristophanes” and “Creating Better Photographs with Your Digital Camera.

  • Door County Antiques Show

    The Sister Bay Lions Club presents the 36th Door County Antiques Show Thursday through Saturday, July 22 – 24, at the Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek.

  • Kids Summer Theatre Camp

    A contingent of young actors from TAP’s 2010 For Kids By Kids Summer Theatre Camp performed excerpts from their production of Something’s Rotten in the State of Denmark at the recent Door County Renaissance Faire.

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance

    I always thought Old Will Shakespeare must have had a twist in his tights the day that he penned, “Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

  • Peninsula Players Open “Over the Tavern”

    Peninsula Players Theatre presents Tom Dudzick’s comedy Over the Tavern from July 7 through July 25. Over the Tavern is a rollicking comedy filled with warm humor, nostalgia, and coming-of-age mischief.

  • Mark Twain Revisited

    On July 9 and 10, the Bay View Opera House at Andres will present Mark Twain Revisited with Parker Drew. The performance is a rare opportunity to experience the unique humor and timeless wisdom of America's greatest author and lecturer, brought to life by veteran television, radio, and theatrical performer Parker Drew.

  • Sauvignon Blanc & Mike Mead from the Shorline

    Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, this versatile white wine grape gets its name from the French word sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white"), and is known for its quick ripening ability and high acid and sugar contents.


    Pamper yourself with dark chocolate. This sweet stuff doesn’t hurt your calorie count and satisfies that much-needed chocolate fix. Rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate helps make the heart happy.


    Best friends Cole Maier, Maddie Williams, Megan Williams and Jack Maier enjoyed playing on the tractor at The Farm in Sturgeon Bay. The trio was in Door County to visit Megan and Maddie’s Grammie in late June.


    League results and top scores of the week.

  • Tips from the Pro

    In order to pitch the golf ball it involves having good set up and proper technique. The pitch shot should be used when your golf ball is situated roughly anywhere from 3 to 50 yards away from the putting green.

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming golf events.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    By winning the LPGA Championship on June 27 (the year’s first major) American Christie Kerr became the number one female golfer in the world golf rankings.

  • Player Profile

    I ran into Pat after the Tavern League outing last week at the Orchards. As owner of Apple Valley Lanes, bowling is definitely Pat’s first love, and he has recorded six perfect games (so far).

  • Ben There Dan That

    This eclectic duo will delight your eardrums with pop, folk and blues covers and original songs while sharing some good-natured humor.

  • Sweet Peprika

    Sweet Pepprika will perform as a part of the Woodwalk Concert Series on July 9 at 7 pm.

  • PAC Features Simon & Garfunkel Tribute Band

    Sunday, July 11 at 7 pm, the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center will feature the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel. The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Lost Mothra Performs at Lakeside Park

    Summer Music at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport will open July 10 with Jeanne Kuhns and Lost Mothra.

  • “In The Round” at Harmony by the Bay

    Harmony by the Bay presents “In The Round,” featuring national touring artists Peter Mulvey, Randy Sabien, Dorothy Scott, and Bill Camplin. The concert will take place at Martin Park on July 13 at 7 pm.

  • Captured Rhythms at Woodwalk Gallery

    Woodwalk Gallery and Events Center will hold the opening reception for its second gallery exhibit, “Captured Rhythms,” Sunday, June 11 from 4:30 – 7 pm.

  • Whitefish Dunes Photo Contest

    To encourage children and families to enjoy the outdoors, the Whitefish Dunes State Park is hosting a photo contest. The contest calls for participants to capture the natural beauty, unique features, and special activities at the park.

  • Art and Nature Center Features “Lighthouses of Door County”

    "Lighthouses of Door County: Original Watercolors" by Cathy Meader will be the featured exhibit at the Art and Nature Center on Washington Island through July 29.

  • The Assemblage of Judy Anderson featured at The Flying Pig Gallery

    Judy Anderson transforms the most mundane of materials into sculpture. Working with discarded mechanical, electrical, and metal parts, she repurposes these objects into an entirely unique form.

  • Cherry Blossom Bracelet at Santa Fe Shop

    Albuquerque artist and jewelry designer G.L. Miller has created a new bracelet that incorporates a cherry blossom design. The bracelet is inlayed with opal and mother of pearls.

  • Judi Ekholm Featured Painting

    “For the Blue Butterfly” by Judi Ekholm.

  • Masks of Southwest China

    The Linden Gallery’s new exhibit, “Masks of Southwest China,” will show from July 10 to August 7. Though many masks were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution or earlier, some have survived in the remote rural areas of southern China.

  • Eric Lewis and Friends at the Tap

    More images at: Last night was FUN! Eric and his friends took it to the Tap for their summer show their where they always let it loose. The place was packed when I got there

  • Fine Hand Painted Ceramic Tiles

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is pleased to present an exclusive collection of fine, hand-painted ceramic tiles. These beautiful tiles are original designs that feature subjects of Door County – wild flowers, lighthouses, birds, fruit, wildlife, and more.

  • Scrimshanders: Two Hundred Years Behind the Times

    Most of us have learned all we know about whaling from reading Moby-Dick. But artist Gary Kiracofe can tell us more, like what whalers did during down time, when they weren’t chasing a great white whale or one of his many gray siblings.

  • Four Extraordinary Women, Four Extraordinary Visitons

    On July 21 and 22 from 11 am – 5 pm, the public is invited to preview the new work and galleries of four Fish Creek women. The four artists, two painters, a fiber artist, and multi-medium artist, will demonstrate their various approaches to the visual arts.

  • The Eclipse Gallery Opens Andrew Linskens Solo Show

    The public is invited to the opening reception of “Abstract Intuitive Tessellation Illustrations and Other 3D Explorations” on Saturday, July 17 from 5:30 – 10 pm at the Eclipse Gallery in Algoma.

  • DCAL Features Printmaker and Oil Painter Jo Watson

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League is featuring artist Jo Watson for the week beginning July 11. Watson’s main mediums are fine art printmaking (Intaglio and Relief), oil painting, and textiles.

  • Art League Paints Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Plein Air

    Built in 1868, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse sits perched above Green Bay’s waters. Established as a guiding light for the schooners passing below the bluff, today the lighthouse offers a glimpse into the past.

  • Cottage Row Framing & Gallery Presents Jack Anderson

    The second in Cottage Row Framing & Gallery’s 2010 summer exhibits, “Door County Seasons,” will feature watercolorist Jack Anderson in a special “meet the artist” event that will unveil more than 40 paintings.

  • Joe Falout in “Afternoon with the Artist”

    Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio are pleased to have Joe Falout as part of the "Afternoon with the Artist" Series on Thursday, July 15 in the Gardens.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    Throughout my life I have had more than one artist open my eyes to the visual world of painting. It was especially my father, an architect, who first influenced my artistic endeavors.

  • Summer Amish Quilt Show & Sale

    The Summer Amish Quilt Show & Sale will be held at the Sister Bay Village Hall in downtown Sister Bay from 9 am – 5 pm, Thursday through Sunday, July 15 – 18.

  • 2010 Door County Plein Air Festival Artists Receive Recognition

    Two of the 42 artists participating in the upcoming 2010 Door County Plein Air Festival, July 19 – 24, have received notable distinctions recently. The festival, hosted by the Peninsula School of Art, in Fish Creek, invites nationally-recognized artists such as William Suys, of Milwaukee, and Colin Page, of Camden, ME.

  • Peninsula School of Art Jewelry

    Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, has scheduled 22 different jewelry/metal arts workshops for 2010, but according to the students and teachers, they share the same basic elements: camaraderie, a well-equipped studio, and a scenic, relaxed environment.

  • Eric Lewis and Friends at the AC Tap

    Tonight (Wed), Eric Lewis and friends are out in full force for their summer show at the AC Tap. This is where Eric and the gang let their hair down. Come on out for a rockin good time and dance the

  • An Official’s View

    The continuing conversation about government communication on our website has generated a fair amount of interest, including one phone conversation with a Door County clerk who talked about the challenges

  • One Simple Step to Better Local Government

    Most of us step into the ballot box relatively blind and uninformed. It's hard to stay on top of all the issues and almost impossible to really get to know one - let alone all - of the candidates on the

  • The Wooing of Generation X

    My Dad is a man full of thoughts and ideas. He churns them out (some entirely random, some stunningly prescient) at a remarkable pace. They're sometimes brilliant, sometimes less than half-baked, but

  • Bailey’s Harbor Fireworks

    For more images: I love fireworks! When I was a kid, I would buy whatever fireworks that my parents would let me and some that they wouldn't. This year I was asked if I wanted

  • County Still Struggles to Communicate

    In our last issue, writer Andrew Phillips looked at the possibilities for government using social media sites like Facebook to keep in touch with constituents, and he found that most have reservations

  • 4th of July!

    Happy Independence Day USA! This is the first year that The Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living can call Bailey's Harbor home. What a treat it is to be here. This year, I am going to try a few