Volume 16 Issue 23 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Johnny Jackson

    Johnny Jackson was born on a farm in Austin, Texas. He was very curious like a cat, clever, cunning, and strong. Johnny always would play with his twine lasso and pretend to lasso creatures. When he turned ten, he became as good a lassoer as even the best were. One day he entered a contest […]

  • Dickinson Series Continues with Brink

    Ephraim poet Loraine Brink will be the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series September 8 at 7 pm. Brink describes herself as, “A poet with a light heart trying to get serious about portraying life.

  • Upcoming Niedecker Poetry Festival Features Wisconsin Poets

    The Friends of Lorine Niedecker is hosting the second annual Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Switch to WYSIWYPoetry Festival on September 24 and 25 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The goal of the Poetry Festival is to celebrate Wisconsin poetry. Nancy Rafal, Baileys Harbor writer, will take part in a discussion, “Nature of Wisconsin Poetry.” With her on […]

  • Jay Brickman Announces Third Printing of Poetry Doodles

    In his 100 page book, Brickman distils a lifetime of observations about everything from golf: “Because I choose not to keep score they refused to let me participate”; and sins: “One is not a sinner for having sinned, only for having sinned and slept soundly”; and sales: “An important function of brand identification is helping […]

  • An Original is Worth More than a Copy

    “Be yourself Katarina. An original is worth more than a copy.” I remembered my grandmother’s wise words, as I kneaded a mound of smooth Kolache dough in our bakery kitchen. “Well Babicka,” I thought, “I’ve tried this advice for two years, and I still don’t have any friends.” When I was 12, my family and […]

  • Kid’s Edition of the Pulse Literary Pages

    Welcome to the Literature section’s first Kid’s Edition! Soon after becoming the Pulse’s Literary Editor, I knew I wanted to get people of all ages represented in the section, I just didn’t know how that would happen. Then, all of a sudden, kid based content just sort of fell into my lap: I received a […]

  • Isabelle St. John: Once and Future Author

    Isabelle St. John won her first award for writing as a nine-year-old, third grader. Like many successful writers, she wrote about what she knew. “I take experiences from my life and weave them into fiction,” she said. “Sometimes I don’t know what’s true or false anymore!” she joked. Every year since third grade she has […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 283

    I’ve read dozens of poems written about the events of September 11, 2001, but this one by Tony Gloeggler of New York City is the only one I’ve seen that addresses the good fortune of a survivor. Five Years Later My brother was on his way to a dental appointment when the second plane hit […]

  • Government Issues Green Grant

    Through the end of 2010, farms, businesses, and communities can benefit from a federal treasury grant that pays back 30 percent of the cost of installing renewable energy systems.

  • Green Quote

    "Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris." – Edward Abbey

  • Eradicating Invasives at Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula State Park Invasive Species Coordinator Paula Olig works to eradicate invasive buckthorn at the park. Donations to Friends of Peninsula State Park supported this seasonal position.

  • Green Fact

    0: Number of new hotels and villas allowed in Bali since April 2009, when Bali imposed a moratorium on them to preserve the island’s natural environment

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it that some brides act like prima donnas?

  • Snippets From Science

    • Living in the dark forests of the mountains of New Guinea are birds called “bowerbirds” which resemble our catbirds.

  • By the Numbers

      50,000   Number of New Orleans homes, 27 percent, that remain vacant five years after Hurricane Katrina   100,000   Number of the city’s residents who didn’t return after Hurricane Katrina   25   Percent drop in the population of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina   16,047   Number of homicides in Venezuela in […]

  • Notes from the Grove

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government.

  • Defining a Discount

    For the past month or so, I have been thinking about the overuse of the word “discount” in our national consumer consciousness. Everywhere you turn – whether on television, in print, or on the Internet – businesses tout the discounts you can realize by purchasing their product or buying your merchandise in their store.

  • DCEC Presents Dr. Ken Bradbury at September Meeting

    Dr. Ken Bradbury will speak at the Door County Environmental Council's (DCEC) monthly meeting on September 8 at 7 pm. The program will take place at Crossroads at Big Creek located at 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay.

  • United Way of Door County Adds New Board Members

    United Way is pleased to announce the addition of Billy Kletzien to their Board of Directors. Kletzien is a graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School and UW-Madison, earning degrees in political science and economics.

  • Door County Sports Schedule

    Upcoming sports event...

  • Donation Supports Back to School Fair

    This year the Door County Board of REALTORS® raised $1,726 and an assortment of school supplies for the “Altrusa Back to School Fair.”

  • Adirondack Chairs Up for Auction

    Pictured are two of the eight Adirondack chairs that will be sold at the silent auction at “The Taste of The Garden Door” on Saturday, September 11 from 1 – 3:30 pm.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Daisy is a three-year-old Pit Bull. She is very well behaved, gentle, and lovable! She loves to play outside and have lunch with the staff. She is spayed and current with vaccines.

  • Do You Take Action?

    All too often people witness a situation that makes them feel uneasy, is questionable behavior, or even worse yet is physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive.

  • Tips From The Pro

    Most golfers will tell you that the best chip shots travel less in the air and more on the green. Most amateur golfers will aim a foot or two before the hole and get mad when the ball continues to roll past the hole and off the green.

  • Profile of Door County Golfer Charlie Imig

    I met Charlie on one of my visits to Washington Island – he was recommended to me by many Islanders as a good “character” for the Player Profile. As a longtime employee of the Kohler Company in Sheboygan, Charlie informed me of his “magic pass.

  • DNR Closes In On Rowleys Bay Property

    While Liberty Grove voters consider spending $2.35 million to secure public water access in Gills Rock, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is finalizing details on the purchase of the Rowleys Bay Resort shoreline on the other side of the peninsula for just over $1 million.

  • Peninsula Golf Association Club Championship

    Tom Cunningham pictured with wife, Susan, was this year's Men's Low Net Winner in the Peninsula Golf Association's Club Championship held Wednesday, August 18.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    This week’s trivia question: How many minutes does a player have to search for a ball before he must declare it lost?

  • Patriot Golf Day Is Here

    This Labor Day weekend, September 3 – 6, golf courses nationwide including local Door County courses, will be participating in Patriot Golf Day.

  • Gibraltar Listed as “One of America’s Best High Schools”

    Bigger is not always better. Newsweek magazine included Gibraltar High School in its list of 1,600 top schools in the United States, a number that represents 6 percent of approximately 27,000 public high schools in America.

  • Gills Rock Answer Awaits Sept. 8

    Liberty Grove voters will decide if $2.35 million is the right price for public water access at a special town meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8. That price tag would buy the town three shoreline parcels in Gills Rock offered for sale by Weborg Bros.

  • Looking at My Yard with New Light

    Wet and windy weather has taken a toll on unstable trees this summer, impacting houses and homeowners throughout Door County. My husband and I are no exception.

  • Sister Bay announces paving projects

    The Village of Sister Bay announced two paving projects. All of Country Walk Drive near the Piggly Wiggly will be re-paved after Labor Day, with a walking and biking path added alongside the road.

  • Community’s Garden Planted

    • The first plantings are in at The Community's Garden on 16th Place in Sturgeon Bay. The mission of the garden is to showcase the connection between a community's well being and nature.

  • Linden Centre Earns Sustainable Tourism Award

    The Linden Centre, a cultural retreat founded by Ellison Bay residents, Brian and Jeanee Linden, has been honored with Voyager Magazine's Sustainable Tourism Award for 2011.

  • Congratulations to Dawn Jacobe!

    If you’re in Sister Bay at Pasta Vino, and you want some delicious lasagna...

  • Article posted Thursday, September 2, 2010 2:29pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Is it me, or are teenagers not quite as bright as they used to be? I seem to be encountering a lot of blank stares from teenaged help wherever I see them.

  • United Way of Door County Launches 2-1-1 Service

    United Way of Door County launched a new 2-1-1 service Aug. 23. The easy-to-remember non-emergency number connects people with community services. The service is free, confidential and bi-lingual and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Door County Volunteer Center Hires New Director

    The Volunteer Center of Door County is proud to announce the hiring of Pam Seiler as the new Executive Director. Seiler was previously the co-owner and operator of Especially Nice, Ltd.

  • Island Players Perform “Of Mice & Men”

    Island Players presents John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice & Men Saturday through Monday, September 4 – 6 at 7:30 pm at the Red Barn on South Shore Drive.

  • “To bring quality theater experiences” to the youth of our island community in all seasons

    Those of us who live on Washington Island know very well that there are two major seasons in the year – the one that celebrates visitors and summer residents enjoying our beautiful island, and the other one that we have to ourselves.

  • Peninsula Players Present “Comic Potential”

    On stage at Peninsula Players Theatre is Alan Ayckbourn’s futuristic-romantic comedy, Comic Potential. For a half-price ticket discount on Friday, September 3, attendees are welcome to share their favorite joke with the box office staff.

  • AFT Presents “Guys & Does”

    Guys & Does, the smash-hit deer hunting musical from American Folklore Theatre (AFT), will open for its second season on Friday, September 3 at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.

  • Fiddlin’ Around

    John Lardinois may have been born with a fiddle in his hand. Nicknamed, “Fiddlin’ Johnny,” this first class player and Grammy Award nominee returns to Door County to perform at the Belgian Kermiss Festival on Sunday, September 12 at 1 pm.

  • DCA Presents the “3 Redneck Tenors”

    3 Redneck Tenors, brought back to Door County by popular demand, will be performing at the Door Community Auditorium on Sunday, September 5 at 7 pm. The story features three singing cousins from Paris, Texas: Billy Bob, Billy Joe, and Billy Billee.

  • Birch Creek Volunteer’s Host Potluck Meeting

    All members of Birch Creek’s volunteer organization, The Associates, as well as those interested in becoming members, are invited to the 2010 Associates annual meeting and potluck dinner on Tuesday, September 7 in Juniper Hall at Birch Creek.

  • Become a Door County Naturalist

    There are still a few openings for interested individuals to become a Door County Wisconsin Naturalist in this fall’s Wisconsin Naturalist class, which will begin September 9.

  • Dr. Kuhns Presents

    "The Natural History and Preservation of the Niagara Escarpment” will be the subject of Dr. Roger Kuhn’s presentation at the 4th annual meeting of the Friends of Peninsula State Park on Saturday, September 11 at 1:30 pm.

  • Call for “Pesto Festo” Submissions

    The Door County Master Gardener Volunteers seek chefs willing to share their most inventive and tastiest pesto recipes. During “Pesto Festo,” a part of “The Taste of the Garden Door” on Saturday, September 11, entries will be taste-tested by a panel of judges.

  • At the Crossroads

    On Tuesday, September 7 at 7 pm, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will focus on the sun and the moon during their monthly meeting at the Crossroads in Sturgeon Bay.

  • 8th Annual Corn Fest

    Sunshine House Inc. invites one and all to their 8th Annual Corn Fest on Saturday, September 11 at Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy in Carlsville. The Corn Fest grounds will open 9 am – 4 pm.

  • A Few Tips for Duathlon Spectators

    There are many activities to partake of Labor Day weekend, but the annual YMCA Run and Duathlon, scheduled for Saturday, September 4, offers family fun for everyone.

  • Icewine with Janice Thomas from the Savory Spoon Cooking School

    Originally made in Germany and Austria, where it is known as Eiswein, Canada is now the adopted home of this delectable sweet wine, with 75 percent of the world’s production occurring on the Niagara Peninsula that lies west of Buffalo, NY.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:36am

    Question: Which Door County municipality contains the most equalized value, with $1,031,020,700?

  • Article posted Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:32am

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): Your compulsion to unplug other people’s toasters will be cured this celestial period and you will find a set of snare drums on your front porch to replace the tuba which rusted in the summer humidity.


    "Door County is like a combination of the Dells and Branson.”


    11-year-old Taylor Crowder of St. Louis, Missouri, started riding at Kurtz Corral when she was two. Visiting the corral is the highlight of her family’s annual visit to her great-grandparents, Howard and Patty Williamson of Baileys Harbor.

  • A Quick Q&A with Eric Lewis

    Q: Where are you right now? A: Tommy Burroughs, Paul Sowinski and I are in the Virgin Islands. We’ve got gigs every single night...

  • Bacchus Lotus

    Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of North Bay at the Gordon Lodge, Baileys Harbor while taking a musical ride through time. Bacchus Lotus plays a cosmic swirl of classic rock, garage rock, and cruising tunes.

  • Katie Dahl Adds More Performances

    Singer and guitarist Katie Dahl will be extending her appearances at The Inn at Kristofer’s through September. In addition to her Tuesday evening appearances, Dahl will be adding Friday, September 3, Friday, September 10 and Friday, September 24 to her list of engagements at the popular water view restaurant.

  • Two Cookee Performances at Gibraltar Grill

    The Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek will feature free music concerts on its patio on Labor Day Weekend. On Friday and Saturday night, the public is welcome to enjoy Cookee for folk music and fun.

  • Bent Grass Performs Benefit Concert for the Kimberley House

    Bluegrass band Bent Grass will return to the stage in a benefit performance for Kimberley House. The performance will take place September 11 at 7:30 pm at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Bimini at the Blue Ox

    Many people know the game as “ring toss.” The real name of the game, however, is Bimini, and it arrived at the Blue Ox 35 years ago. It was a gift to owners and brothers Joe and Jerry Kwaterski from their friend Tom Gordon.

  • Bjorklunden Offers Wildlife and Photography Seminars

    From Oct. 3 – Oct. 8 Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden in Baileys Harbor is offering two seminars: “The Wildlife Communities of Door County” and “The Landscape of Your Vacation.

  • Door County’s Viking Grill Damaged by Fire

    “This is not something we needed.” Those were the words of Liberty Grove Town Chairman John Lowry as he watched firefighters fight a fire at the Viking Grill in Ellison Bay Wednesday afternoon, Sept.

  • Making An Old Southern Door School New Again

    Theresa Waniger taught only during the 1882-83 school year when School No. 6 in Nasewaupee first opened, but she must have made a big impression on the community.

  • Fungus Attacks Maple Trees

    From the UW-Extension Numerous homeowners have reported the leaves of their maple trees turning brown and falling from the tree. The problem is anthracnose, a fungal leaf disease.

  • The Black-Capped Chickadee

    My respect and admiration for the tiny Black-capped Chickadee grew by leaps and bounds the minute I held my first live and spit-fighting mad one in my hand.

  • Door County Connections Marketing Doesn’t Make

    Since writing the article in last week’s Peninsula Pulse about the increase in room tax returns and camping rates through June, I’ve spoken to several more business owners to get their take on the season

  • Recreating a Piece of History

    The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay hides away in a forest – in 128 acres of forest. Students and instructors from across the county and country, even world, come to the rustic campus to study and learn a variety of facets of the arts, the fine crafts, the humanities, and the natural sciences – from rug-hooking to photography, watercolor to gardening, bird watching to wood carving.

  • Collier Travels to Paper Center at Woodwalk Gallery

    Kay Collier from Carlyle, Kentucky recently travelled to the Handmade Paper Center at Woodwalk Gallery. She is pictured with her work, some of which has remnants of kimono silks embedded in the surface.

  • Wentz Reception at DeCor Deja’ Vu

    A recent “Storytelling in Oil" reception was held on August 21 at DeCor Deja' Vu in Egg Harbor for Door County artist and storyteller Cathy Wentz. Wentz is the creator of the infamous ‘Bea Sisters’ of Door County: Bea Witched, Bea Bothered, and Bea Wildered.

  • “foundations” Young Award Recipients Announced

    The exhibition, “foundations” put on by the summer intern team at the Peninsula School of Art announced its winners at the opening reception on Saturday, August 21.

  • Hardy Gallery Announces “Dimension in Door County” Exhibit

    The Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce the final exhibit of its 2010 season, entitled Dimension in Door County: Form Transcending Function. The exhibit will feature three-dimensional work by 17 Door and Kewaunee County sculptors and craftsmen.

  • Frykman Studio Presents Photography Show

    The Frykman Studio Gallery of Sister Bay will hold a photography show and reception Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, from 10 am to 7 pm. The reception will feature Door County photographers Lucas and Heather Frykman, Canadian potter/sculptor Steve Jorgenson, and woodcarver/painter David Frykman.

  • Emerging Artist Stephen Wysocki joins The Flying Pig Gallery

    Influenced by the Color Field Movement, color is critical to Stephen Wysocki’s paintings. Where most painters begin with a white canvas, he begins with a bright color such as red or orange.

  • Ed Fenendael and Students to Exhibit at Morning Mist Studio

    Watercolor artist and instructor Ed Fenendael and approximately 20 of his students will be exhibiting their work in his Morning Mist Studio at Windmill Farm.

  • Opening Reception for Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ Exhibit IV

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be hosting a public reception for the opening of its fourth exhibit of the season on Saturday, September 4 from 4 – 7 pm.

  • Stuff-o-Rama Wraps Up for 2010

    On Saturday, September 4, the Stuff-o-Rama Flea Market will host their final market of the 2010 season in Sister Bay. The market will be held on the grounds of Domicile from 8 am – 3 pm.

  • DCAL Features Beverly Hart Branson

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League in Fish Creek will feature mixed media artist Beverly Hart Branson for the week of September 5. Branson, a lifetime artist who feels that her creations are constantly evolving, works with watercolor, ink, acrylic, oil, and pencil.

  • 10th Annual Gills Rock ArtFest at Charlene’s Gallery Ten

    On Saturday and Sunday, September 4 – 5, from 10 am – 5 pm the public is invited to stroll the grounds at Charlene’s Gallery Ten for the 10th Annual Gills Rock ArtFest.

  • “Ekphrasis: Joining Words and Art” at Brew Coffeehouse

    Two creative Door County groups – The Word Women poets and The Blue Ponies artists – have merged their considerable talents for “Ekphrasis: Joining Words and Art” at Brew Coffeehouse in Ellison Bay.

  • An Artist, an Influence

    By far, Bridget Austin, not only “art wise” but also “life wise,” has been a tremendous influence on me. I always thought that I would study art in college, but I became a nurse instead.

  • Hot August Days!

    It's the tail end of August and the heat has not let up on us a bit. Door County is the place to be with temps cooler than the rest of the state, plenty of water, beaches, and boats to get out and enjoy

  • Laura Rider’s Masterpiece: A Review

    Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton’s novel A Map of the World (1994) made a huge splash in the literary world when it was published. This story of a school nurse falsely accused of child molestation was painfully compelling to read. Both this work and her earlier success The Book of Ruth (1988) won a number of […]

  • No MFA, No Problem

      Wisconsin author, Jane Hamilton was never accepted into an MFA program after college, yet she is an award-winning, bestselling author, with two of her novels having been chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. I sat down with Hamilton this past spring at the Fox Cities Book Festival and chatted about her writing, her novels, and […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 282

    Because I’m a senior citizen I’m easily attracted by poems about my brothers and sisters meandering into their golden years. Here’s a poem by Edward Hirsch, who lives in New York, that offers our younger readers a look at what’s to come. Early Sunday Morning I used to mock my father and his chums for […]