Volume 16 Issue 16 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Pipka’s Announces Summer 2010 Collage Classes

    Pipka’s of Door County’s resident artists Pipka Ulvilden and Cynthia Wolfe are pleased to announce their Collage Class Schedule for the 2010 summer season.

  • Emerging Artists Exhibition Call for Submissions

    The Peninsula School of Art is hosting its 3rd Annual Door County Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition, “Foundations,” and is looking for artists to submit works.

  • Techno/Industrial Music Influences Artist’s Abstracts

    On Sunday, July 18 from 1 – 3 pm, g42 (Gallery 42) will crank up the volume on some pretty bizarre music as gallery owner and artist Tim Nyberg demonstrates how electronic music influences his creation of abstracts.

  • Ephraim Artist to Exhibit at PKJ Designs

    PKJ Designs announced the opening of a new series of construction paintings in oil entitled the “Cana Island Prisms” by Marcia Nickols. An artist reception will be held Saturday, July 17 from 3 – 8 pm at the gallery.

  • “Facing East” Exhibit at the Linden Gallery

    The Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay is pleased to announce the opening of “Facing East,” an oil painting exhibit by artist Susan Ploughe. The work in the collection was inspired by Ploughe’s 2008 trip to the Linden Centre in China and the many people she encountered.

  • Kewaunee Academy Moves to New Location

    After six years of operating The Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art in Kewaunee, Norma Bell is moving the school to a new facility in Algoma. The move will be completed in time for the commencement of the 2010-2011 school year, which begins August 3.

  • The Hardy Gallery Unveils Two Exhibits

    The Hardy Gallery is pleased to open its 2010 Collection Invitational Exhibition and Community Mosaic Project. Both will be on display from Saturday, July 24 through Sunday, August 29.

  • “The Other Side of the Door” Photography Exhibit at Glas

    United Way of Door County’s photography exhibit entitled “The Other Side the Door” is on display at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay during the month of July.

  • Fish Creek Studio Gallery Tour Slated for July 21 & 22

    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, including Patty Degenhardt, Judi Ekholm, Kathy Glasnap, and Gloria Hardiman.

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Hosts Plein Air Painters

    The peaceful and whimsical sculpture garden of Ephraim’s Fine Line Designs Gallery will be host to a small group of the nation’s finest plein air painters on Thursday, July 22, 10 am – 3 pm.

  • Jim Leatham on the art of outdoor painting

    You see them around the county, strolling through downtown Fish Creek with collapsible easels and sun caps or scattered in front of the Cana Island Lighthouse at sunset.

  • Budding Artists Inspired by Plein Air Festival’s Impromptu Education

    If someone came up with a to-do list for the 2010 Door County Plein Air Festival, July 19 – 24, Trevor Knapp, 19 of Green Bay, would know how to get it done.

  • Opening Reception for Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ Exhibit III

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be hosting a reception for the opening of its third exhibit of the season on Saturday, July 17, 4 – 7 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the gallery courtyard, and the public is welcome.

  • Portraiture Prize Winners Announced

    Fourteen artists participated in the Door Prize for Portraiture event held at the home of Cheryl Stidwell Parker and Steve Lavell. Winners of the Door Prize Best in Show and two honorable mentions were selected by Tom Lidtke, Director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend on July 1 at a reception for the artists.

  • Knock! Feed The Belly

    Nick Garvoille gives a reading of his poetry for the release of last years summer issue of Knock at Plumb Bottom Pottery. That is happening tonight! Plumb Bottom Pottery located south of Egg Harbor off

  • Egg Harbor’s Near-centenarians not Near Retirement

    “Work is the meaning of my life!” said the title character in Paddy Chayefsky’s 1954 television play The Mother, when her adult daughter wanted her to stop looking for a job and just enjoy her retirement.

  • Liberty Grove Starts Bike Planning

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The Neptune Dive Club has been in contact with the town with a proposal to construct a staircase down to the water for divers to access Deaths Door from Port Des Morts Park.

  • Making millions from financial aid

    500,000 Number of students enrolled in the University of Phoenix $130 million The amount spent on advertising by the University of Phoenix in 2009 10 Percent of all students who attend for-profit universities 25 Percent of all federal student aid that goes to students attending for-profit universities 44 Percent of all student loan defaults that come from students at for-profit universities 86 Percent of revenue that the University of Phoenix gets from federal student loans $31,190 Median student debt at for-profit colleges, compared to $17,040 at private schools and $7,960 at public universities $750 billion Outstanding college loans in the U.

  • Student Mission to Reservation Makes Impression

    On Friday, June 18, 10 Gibraltar High School students and two adult leaders began a life-changing experience. In a mission trip sponsored by Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church and led by Dick and Jane Burress, the 10 of us – Billy Appel, Cody Becker, Brandon Bogenschutz, Peter Burress, Kimberly Craig, Afton Greenwood, Jed Omernick, Devan Schultz, Logan Thomas and I – served for one week on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

  • Deforestation Declines

    • Now for some good news about the environment. An article in The Week (April 9, 2010), noted that “For the first time on record, the worldwide rate of deforestation has declined.

  • Solitaire, a game of patience

    [Due to a variety of additional responsibilities that came my way during the past week, I am resorting to reprinting a column from my distant past. The following originally appeared in print on April 8, 1997.

  • DC Humane Society Featured Pets

    Door County Humane Society Featured Pets Sam is a Yellow Lab/Retriever mix between one to three years old. He loves to play with his toys and go for walks.

  • Clearing Float Wins First Place

    The Clearing Folk School’s Float entry in the Olde Ellison Bay Days Parade won first place. The float replicates the historic Lodge building on The Clearing’s campus including its unique peaked window, large schoolhouse dinner bell, and cedar shingle roof.

  • Humane Society Swing for the Shelter

    • The Clearing Folk School’s fundraising golf event, “Play ‘Fore!’ The Clearing” Golf Outing at Peninsula Golf Course on June 28 was a success. The Clearing would like to thank the golfers, volunteers, and golf course staff for a great day that supported The Clearing’s mission.

  • Door County Sports Schedules

    DOOR COUNTY LEAGUE BASEBALL Upcoming Schedule All games start at 1:30 pm unless noted • July 18 West Jacksonport @ Institute Kolberg @ Egg Harbor Sister

  • Door County Volleyball Update July 14 games cancelled due to weather Standings Blue Horse Bistro 13-2 Husby’s 13-2 Four Season Tree Experts 11-4 Peninsula Pulse 11-4 Off A Horse 10-5 Bay Shore Outdoor Store 8-7 Gray-Aire Dairy 7-8 Blue Ox 6-9 Belly Shots 5-10 Bayside Tavern 4-11 Northern Grill 3-12 Camp David 0-15 July 21 Schedule 7pm Blue Horse vs.

  • Green Quote

    “One might also point out the real math of why housing in America got so big: cheap land + cheap energy + cheap materials. Take any one of those away and you have smaller houses, closer together.

  • Catching Wind in Carlsville

    When the rising cost of mortgage and utilities was making it tough to meet her bottom line in 2008, innkeeper Sandy Chlubna stepped off the grid in her search for a solution.

  • Green Facts

    5 Percent tax enacted on sales of primary resources in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, with proceeds going to local government. 85 Percent of compact fluorescent lights that are produced in China 1 billion Number of compact fluorescent lights in use in the United States, of 4.

  • Recycling Conundrums: Aluminum Foil

    We use it to keep dishes hot, tear it off pieces of Dove dark chocolate, and put food in it to cook on the grill; but after the meal is over, aluminum foil is usually thrown out.

  • Phantoms of the woods

    It was on the last Saturday of June, during the highly interesting and informative Bioblitz within the northern part of Newport State Park, that we came upon quite a few Partridgeberry wildflowers in bloom.

  • Tech This Out

    With Apple's unveiling of the iPhone 4 last month, the wireless industry is focused even more on increasingly-popular 3G connections. When it's available, however, WiFi is still the fastest way to surf the web without wires.

  • Door County Memorial Hospital Recognized

    • Door County Memorial Hospital/Ministry Health Care (DCMH/MHC) will be nationally recognized as one of the “most wired small and rural hospitals” in the country.

  • Pulse Picks: Your Guide to the Pulse of Door County

    If you aren’t reading Pulse Picks, you’re missing a lot. For more than four years, your source to find out what’s going on in entertainment and music each day in Door County has been Pulse Picks – the daily email service from the Peninsula Pulse.

  • Gibraltar School Board Approves Referendum Language

    The Gibraltar School Board has approved the referendum language that will appear on November’s ballot. The school will ask voters to allow it to exceed the state-imposed revenue limit by $2,875,000 for both the 2011-12 school year and the 2012-13 school year.

  • Egg Harbor’s Bold Beach Move Paying Off

    Sister Bay’s waterfront expansion has received more fanfare, but Egg Harbor’s less costly waterfront effort is earning praise and popularity thanks to a beach enhancement project that more than doubled the expanse of the public beach.

  • Correction: DC’s First Motel

    In the July 9 edition of the Peninsula Pulse (v16i16) there was an error in the article “Second Act.” The article said the motel that Herbi Hardt owned between Fish Creek and Ephraim was built by his father-in-law, when in fact it was built by Door County native Alvin Ohman in 1951.

  • Wisconsin Leads Census Participation

    • Wisconsin had the highest level of participation of any state in the 2010 United States Census. Eighty-one percent of Wisconsinites mailed back their census form.

  • Baileys Harbor Releases Bike Survey

    • Baileys Harbor is seeking input for its comprehensive bike plan. An online survey is available at The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

  • DCAL Features Woodcarver Gary Orthober

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League is featuring woodcarver Gary Orthober for the week beginning July 18. Orthorber, who began carving after retirement in 2003, uses a variety of hardwood – including cherry, walnut, butternut, maple, and birch – to create his figures.

  • Bonnie Paruch Wins Best in Show Grand Prize

    On June 25, Door County artist Bonnie Paruch received her second Best of Show award for her painting “Receiving” in the plein air painting competition hosted by the Cedarburg Artists Guild.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    I would have to say that my greatest influence as an artist would be John Gordon.

  • Second Stuff-o-Rama Flea Market of the Season

    The second Stuff-o-Rama Flea Market of the 2010 season is set for Saturday, July 17 from 8 am – 3 pm, on the grounds of Domicile in Sister Bay. Vendors from Door County and beyond will be selling their wares in the old apple orchard, including antiques, junque, children books, clothing, arts and crafts, and unique treasures.

  • A “Second Wind” at the Gallery at Domicile

    The Gallery at Domicile announced the opening of their second annual “Second Wind” exhibit. Several Wisconsin artists will be featured, all of who have, until now, fit their art around family, careers, and other demands.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 276

    I live in Nebraska, where we have a town named Homer. Such a humble, homely name and, as it happens, the poet Donal Heffernan is from Homer, and here’s his hymn to the town and its history.

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming golf events.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    Wisconsin born professional player, Steve Stricker recently won the John Deere Classic with an incredible final score of 26 under.

  • Player Profile

    Mynn, along with husband Paul Schloemilch, are enjoying their first free summer from their prior seven-year tenure as co-directors of Peninsula Golf Course.

  • Short Shots

    For any of you that read the recent Player Profile of Ross Siegel (v16i14), and in light of the recent 59 shot by Paul Goydos at the John Deere Classic, you may have put together a very strange coincidence – a bizarre foreshadowing of sorts.

  • I Thought You Were Dead

    Reading Pete Nelson’s novel I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story was a guilty pleasure, like eating a tater tot casserole or listening to country music.

  • Golfers Compete Against Packer Greats in the Door County Charities Outing

    Maritime Museum volunteer Barb Desh, who also happens to be the spouse of the museum’s director, was able to accomplish something few can claim – she bested Packer legend Ron Kramer in a test of athletic skill.

  • A Nun, a Tattoo, and a Mystery

    A mystery novel set in Door County? Well, not quite yet, but one is in the works according to mystery writer Michael Wiley. Wiley was recently in Door County for the last stop on his book tour for his newest installment in the Joseph Kozmarski series, The Bad Kitty Lounge, and I had a chance to grab a cup of coffee with him and discuss not only his newest novel, but future novels as well.

  • Celebrated Environmental Author to Visit Peninsula State Park July 23 & 24

    Peninsula State Park welcomes Marybeth Lorbiecki, author of the Aldo Leopold biography A Fierce Green Fire on July 23 and 24. Lorbiecki will share excerpts from Leopold's conservation writings at an illustrated talk on Friday, July 23, from 8 – 9 pm at the Nature Center.

  • History and Legend

    “When you get to the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.” A recent television commercial attributes the quote above to legendary Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi.

  • Novel Ideas Hosts First-time Author Champan

    Meet Wisconsin author Brett Champan at Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, July 17 at 1 pm for a reading and booksigning for his new book Rearview Sunset.

  • Hintz’s Home Coming Now Available

    Rosemary Hintz will be at The Bridge in Egg Harbor on July 31, 3 – 5 pm, signing copies of her latest book, Home Coming. The novel Home Coming is the story of Robbie Wilson, who readers first learned of in Return to Sawyer School, Hintz’s first historical novel.

  • UUF Presents “Movies that Matter”

    A free screening of The End of Poverty will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on July 20 at 7 pm as part of their monthly Movies That Matter series.

  • Jacksonport Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Meeting

    On Wednesday, July 28, the Jacksonport Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Meeting will feature Leslie Bellais, Curator of Costume & Textiles at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

  • Classes at Bjorklunden

    From August 8 – 13, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden in Baileys Harbor is offer offering two seminars: “Reading the Ridges: Lorine Niedecker and the Natural Worlds of Wisconsin” and “Angels, Bird-Droppings & Fish Liver: The Book of Tobit.

  • Door County Historical Museum Celebrates CHERRIES!

    The Door County Historical Museum is hosting an all day celebration on July 24 in recognition of “CHERRIES!” In the past, Door County would begin each year with a Cherry Pie baking contest during the winter months.

  • Willy Porter

    Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Willy Porter truly encompasses Sturgeon’s Bay concert in the park series name “Harmony by the Bay” with his soulful sounds.

  • Thoughts on Recent Top Five Songs on iTunes

    1. “California Gurls” (feat. Snoop Dogg) by Katy Perry.

  • Woodwalk Concert Series Presents Al Rose and the Transcendos

    Al Rose and the Transcendos will perform as a part of the Woodwalk Concert Series on July 16 at 7 pm.

  • Loudon Wainwright III at the Peg Egan PAC

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center will feature the 2010 Grammy Winner for Best Traditional Folk Album, Loudon Wainwright III for an unforgettable night of music on Sunday, July 18 at 7 pm.

  • Rosé Wines and Chef Tom Ashwell Smith

    If you are looking for the perfect wine to match with a variety of summertime foods, classic dry Rosé may be the ideal choice.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:04pm

    Question: In 1935, siblings Richard and Caroline Fisher founded a business in Fish Creek that still exists today. What is the name of their creation?


    "Shout Out to my wonderfully handy husband!"

  • Congratulations to Kayla Guillory!

    There is a server at Wilson's and her name is Kayla G.

  • Horoscopes

    Cancer (June 22 – July 22): Your desire to operate a giant steel mill near Gary, Indiana will soon be fulfilled. Until then, participate in ballroom dancing.


    Second cousins Luke Bufton from Sheboygan and Josh Marcione visiting from California enjoy delicious ice cream from Wilson's on the afternoon of July 4th.

  • Dr. Roger Kuhns Presents at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School’s Workshop Program presents a “field” class led by Dr. Roger Kuhns in a hands-on exploration of the Niagara Escarpment in 2010's Year of the Escarpment.

  • Enjoy an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

    Do-it-yourself sundaes along with the chance to sample a variety of home-baked cakes will be offered at the Sister Bay Historical Society’s annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 20.

  • Newport Wilderness Society Celebrates 25 Years

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor continues its summer Thursday lecture series on July 22 with “Newport Wilderness Society Celebrates 25 Years” presented by Dr.

  • A Digital Scavenger Hunt and The Ridges

    The Ridges and the Door County YMCA are offering a program to combine children’s fascination with digital cameras and their interest in nature. “Hands Off! A Digital Scavenger Hunt,” will be held Friday, July 23, from 10 am – noon at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor.

  • 6th Annual Summer Harvest Cherry Fest

    Orchard Country Winery & Market offers family fun events as they host their 6th Annual Summer Harvest Cherry Fest on Saturday, July 24 from 10 am – 5 pm.

  • Art Fair and Tractor Exhibition in Ellison Bay

    On July 17 and 18, the Liberty Grove Historical Society’s Annual Juried Art & Crafts Fair and Antique Tractor and Farm Implements exhibitions will take place in Ellison Bay.

  • YMCA Presents Youth Triathlon

    In conjunction with the Door County Triathlon, the Door County YMCA is offering an intermediate level triathlon for youth in Door County on Saturday, July 17.

  • Entries for the Classic & Wood Boat Festival

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s Classic & Wood Boat Festival, taking place the weekend of August 7 – 8 in Sturgeon Bay, is fast approaching and registrations are being accepted for a number of festival events.

  • At the Crossroads…

    Every Sunday afternoon, the Door County Historical Society hosts a special event at the Historical Village at The Crossroads. On July 18 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, the Global Accord, an orchestra made up of local musicians who play folk music from around the world on traditional instruments, will perform.

  • Learn and Explore the Caves of Door County

    The Wisconsin Speleological Society (WSS) will host a free public program on caves at 11 am on Saturday, July 17. A WSS Board Meeting will precede the program at 10 am.

  • Learn the ABCs of Boater’s Safety

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron is offering “ABC-3,” a boater’s safety course, beginning Tuesday, July 20, at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay.

  • I ate for $8.88.

    Eating a Good Eggs omelet wrap keeps you full for half a day.

  • Power and Energy in the Air

    “You can get a wide range in temperature between very hot and very cold,” Amy Ensign says.

  • Peninsula Players Present “Over the Tavern”

    Over the Tavern, a delightful comedy by Tom Dudzick, is on stage at the Peninsula Players from July 7 – July 25.

  • TAP Seeks Two Male Actors for “Tuesdays With Morrie”

    Third Avenue Playhouse will be hold auditions for Tuesdays With Morrie on Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27 from 5 – 7 pm at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Creative Kids Day and the Rhode Sisters

    On Friday, July 16, kids will have a chance to look behind the scenes of a professional theater at American Folklore Theatre's “Creative Kids Day” in Peninsula State Park.

  • Tom Garling

    Jazz trombone faculty member Tom Garling is not a newcomer to Birch Creek.

  • Science and Music at the Woodwalk Gallery

    On Saturday, July 17 at 6 pm, science and music come together at Woodwalk Gallery to celebrate the Niagara Escarpment, Door County’s amazing geographical feature.

  • UUF Features Birch Creek Ambassadors

    The Birch Creek Ambassadors return to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for their 11th appearance on Friday, July 23 from 7:30 – 9 pm. The cabaret-style concert will feature refreshments and beverages along with exceptional jazz throughout the evening.

  • Da Tree Guys at the TAP

    Take three fellas who enjoy performing together, add some classic songs, sprinkle liberally with Up Nort’ humor – then sit back and prepare to be entertained by Da Tree Guys.

  • KIDS from Wisconsin Perform July 24

    On Saturday, July 24 at 7 pm, KIDS from Wisconsin will take the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. Entering their 42nd season, the KIDS from Wisconsin have performed at county fairs, festivals, and conventions throughout the country.

  • Jacksonport’s Music in the Park Features World on a String

    The Jacksonport Summer Music in the Park Series welcomes the lively music of World on a String on Saturday, July 17 from 3 to 4:30 pm at Lakeside Park at Hwy V and Hwy 57 in downtown Jacksonport.

  • Birch Creek’s Steel Band Performs

    The sweet sound of steel will be featured in "Island Hopping in the Caribbean" program July 17, 8 pm (pre-concert performance at 7:30 pm). The Birch Creek Steel Bands, directed by Al O'Connor, will showcase Liam Teague on steelpan.

  • Pianist David Beck Performs

    Pianist and local favorite David Beck will be the featured artist for the fifth and final concert in a series of summer concerts at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, July 21 at 7 pm.

  • Pick Your Own Cherries are here!

    More images at: It's time to Pick Your Own Cherries! It's early this year, so if you were planning on coming up two weeks from now, you may want to change your plans. With all

  • Julian Hagen, Door County Auditorium

    More images at: It was my pleasure to be witness to a wonderful Door County musical treat. Julian Hagen had a CD release at the Auditorium with all his friends. Eric Lewis,

  • Village of Sister Bay Will Start Facebook Page

    The Village of Sister Bay has decided to start using a Facebook page to help communicate with constituents.

  • Julian Hagen CD release at the Door County Auditorium

    Tonight, The Door County Auditorium will host Julian Hagen's CD release performance and Party. Julian will be accompanied by many of his friends who performed on the CD. The show starts at 8p.m. Bring

  • Scarecrow Contest

    More images at: Corner Of The Past has hosted a Scarecrow Contest. Don Howard, the VP of the Historical Society and Roy Swanson organized the event. The scarecrows were on display

  • A’s vs Cub’s night game

    More images at: The A's dominated on their home field over the Cub's on Friday night July 9th 2010. That's all I can really say. When I left in the 6th inning, the score was