Volume 16 Issue 24 – Section 1

In this issue

  • “Discounts” in Retail

    Last issue I began a discussion about the overuse and misuse of the word “discount” in the American economy and the consumer consciousness. In particular, last week’s column focused on the insurance industry. This week, I turn my attention to the retail industry.

  • Sleeping on the Edge of Heaven

    My grandfather built the barn in 1904, a decade was to pass before he built our grandmother the white farmhouse he had promised. He was a lucky man that she stayed, after all a promise is a promise. The barn was a wide shouldered gambrel, big timber in the mows, lesser wood thrown across for […]

  • Hearts of Heretics

    My heart is the heretic. Sometimes, sometimes a hush is louder than an infinity of funerals. Her silence coaxed men from their reptile skin. You should not know but you already do. Parlor of secret dancers. Woven sky webs. Raucous charioteers. The tip of a poisoned arrow is lodged in his heart. Burnished stars = […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 284

    I’d guess there are lots of people, like me, who sometimes visit places which in memory are hallowed but which, through time, have been changed irreparably. It is a painful experience but it underlines life. Here Carl Little, who lives in Maine, returns to a place like that. The Clearing    The sunbox lies in […]

  • The Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival Writing Contests

      Wisconsin People & Ideas, which regularly publishes some of the best poetry and fiction from around the state, is running a short story and poetry contest.   Entries should be submitted between September 15 and December 15. Winners will receive up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas […]

  • Black River

    As I entered the third of a four-hour meditation, my legs began to cramp and my back ached. My mind continued to run in circles, but slowly it came to a stand still when for a long calm clear moment I saw him. I saw my father sitting next to me. He wasn’t the father […]

  • Mushroom Season

    September and October spell wild mushroom time, cooler crisper air, fewer pesky insects and long exploratory hikes. Growing up in a Bohemian family meant eating mushrooms.

  • Upcoming Sports Schedule

    Upcoming Door County sports events.

  • YMCA Labor Day Duathlon & 5K Results

    Duathlon Top Finishers

  • Quicknotes

    • The Ephraim Men’s Club Scholarship Benefit Pancake Breakfast raised over $8,000 for Gibraltar high school scholarship awards in 2011. “It’s a record-breaking total!” said Ephraim Men’s Club President Bill Schumann to the cheers of 29 couples attending the club’s annual meeting on Wednesday, August 25.

  • Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve Officially Open

    The Door County Land Trust hosted a celebration and preserve dedication of the new Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve August 27.

  • Restoration Project Continues

    The restoration of the Plum Island Boathouse continues, as Jeff Hagen and his crew refurbish the structure. Photo by Sadie O'Dell of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Volunteer Voices

    "The Volunteer Center? Never heard of it."

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Lil’ Sam is a terrific Beagle! He is approximately six years old, neutered and up to date with vaccines. He enjoys afternoon naps and snuggling with the staff and volunteers! Lil’ Sam also likes going for walks where his nose his glued to the ground.

  • High School Nursing Assistant Program Offered in Kewaunee County

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the Northeast Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NEWAHEC) will once again collaborate this fall to offer nursing assistant training to high school juniors and seniors from Algoma, Kewaunee, Luxemburg Casco, and Southern Door High Schools during the 2010-11 academic year.

  • Andrew Phillips NFL Predictions

    NFC North 1. Green Bay Packers With a solidified offensive line and a defense going into its second year under Dom Capers, the Packers should not only have the edge over Minnesota in their division, but be serious contenders for the Super Bowl.

  • Door County’s Golden Girl Mary Jane van Duyse Sorgel Dated Lambeau

    Betty White gets more fame, but the original Golden Girl calls Door County home. Mary Jane van Duyse Sorgel of Sturgeon Bay was the Green Bay Packer’s Golden Girl, a stint that is just one part of a remarkable life.

  • Judy and Carl Jackson Host Benefit Concert September 19

    Judy and Carl Jackson, who will present their annual benefit concert on Sunday, September 19 at 7 pm at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, will combine the sonority of two nine-foot grand pianos for a varied program of appealing music.

  • TAP Presents George Sawyn and Mike Cosentino

    Guitarist and vocalist George Sawyn joins Chicago saxophonist Mike Cosentino for an evening of standards from the Great American Songbook & Beyond on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 pm at Third Avenue Playhouse.

  • More Than Music

    Audiences immediately recognize him. Playing a bass taller than he is, Jeff Campbell stands onstage near the back of the Birch Creek Academy Big Band, the drummer on one side of him and the trombone section on the other.

  • At the Savory Spoon

    The Savory Spoon in Ellison Bay will present an international culinary exploration on Thursday, September 23 at 6 pm. In this class, participants will learn to make mayonnaise and custard, among other things, using farm fresh Wisconsin eggs.

  • “Fun and Games” at Jacksonport Town Hall September 22

    On Septemer 22, the Jacksonport Historical Society will present a night of “Fun and Games.” The program will feature a variety of nostalgic games. We plan to have fun tonight! There’s truly nowhere to Hide because we’ll Seek out the fun and laughter as we follow our Hearts and remember the games we’ve played with family and friends and the fun we’ve had through the years, past and present.

  • Bridge and Poetry Seminars at Bjorklunden

    From Oct. 10 – Oct. 15 Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden in Baileys Harbor is offering two seminars: “Play Better Bridge: Lessons for the Intermediate and Advancing Bridge Player” and “Nuts, Bolts and Jackhammers: a Poetry Workshop."

  • GHA Presents “Gibraltar Talks: Memories of Folda Engelmar”

    The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) invites members, area residents, and visitors for an evening of historical discussion as GHA continues its monthly talks series.

  • Kiwanis Club Presents Documentary “The Silk Road”

    The Kiwanis Club kicks off its 2010-2011 Travelogue season on Friday, September 17 with the presentation of its first of six new travel films. The first film, The Silk Road, takes viewers on a journey along the ancient Silk Road as presented by Marlin Darrah.

  • ‘Welcome’ Mat Means Dogs Too

    The dog days are here in the county, with many local business owners bringing their own pooches to work and welcoming their customers to do the same. Customers look forward to seeing the doggie mascot, sometimes bringing treats.

  • Grüner Veltliner with Brett Weber from The Whistling Swan

    While the name may not be that familiar, (nor easy to pronounce), Grüner Veltliner, properly pronounced Groo ner Vehlt LEEN ehr, (with the accent on the fourth syllable), is an exceptional white wine worth checking out.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:11pm

    Question: What was the name of Door County’s first bank?

  • Article posted Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:08pm

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): The stars shout to you, seize this moment. Reject both paper and plastic – carry your groceries in a potato sack. At the same time, accelerate work on your musical program for orchestra, chorus, and all the people in Valmy.


    Is there anything you can't stop thinking about, listening to, watching, eating, drinking? From a wild enthusiasm for those Snickers Betty White commercials to a 15-year cheddar you can't stop eating, or a song you've got on repeat, obsessions are meant to be your of-the-moment fixation.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:05pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I met a girl at a coffee shop recently and really liked talking to her. I noticed she had a bike rack on her car, so I asked her if she would want to go for a bike ride some time.


    Youngster Sam Flood lucked out this August, catching a few perch at the new Egg Harbor Marina.

  • Whitefish Bay’s Fall Exhibit Features Fiber Art

    Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery will feature fiber art during its fall exhibit beginning Saturday, September 11 and continuing through Sunday, October 17. Included in the exhibit will be work from 10 local fiber artists.

  • Meet International Artist He Qi at Linden Gallery

    Linden Gallery is honored to host He Qi, China's most internationally sought after contemporary Christian artist, at a “Meet the Artist” event on Saturday, Sept. 18.

  • The Flying Pig Gardens Features Sculpture by Don Esser

    Blacksmith, metal artist, and sculptor Don Esser has devoted the past 30 years to producing metal art. After high school, he began taking classes at UW-Madison, focusing on liberal arts until he discovered that he was more interested in developing his artistic skills.

  • Two Weavers Collaborate To Celebrate History

    Two weavers, generations apart in time, ‘collaborated’ on a work of art to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Clearing in Ellison Bay.

  • Deadline Approaches for 35th Juried Annual Exhibition

    Artists planning to enter the 35th Juried Annual Exhibition at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay have until September 18 to postmark or hand deliver up to two 2-D pieces by CD only.

  • Molly LeGreve-Karjala Exhibits at DCAL Gallery

    The Fish Creek cooperative gallery at the Top of the Hill Shops is currently exhibiting watercolors by Molly LeGreve-Karjala. The world of nature throughout its seasons has continually influenced LeGreve-Karjala's expression as an artist.

  • Almost Perfect Pottery Sale

    Ellison Bay Pottery Studios will host their 15th Annual Almost Perfect Pottery Sale from September 10 – 12. Bowls, candleholders, crocks, vases, plates, cup, goblets, mugs, and more with slight imperfections will have discounts ranging from 10 percent to 75 percent.

  • Painting by Judi Ekholm

    “Late Day Meadow,” an oil painting on linen, by Judi Ekholm was inspired by a view near Horseshoe Bay in Door County. The 30” x 36” framed piece costs $2,200.

  • 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.

  • Plein Air Exhibit Continues at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum

    Artists gathered for an opening reception of the Door County Art League’s Plein Air exhibit at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum. The exhibit, located in various rooms of the lighthouse, will continue through October 17.

  • Gallery at Domicile Presents “Artists’ Harvest” Exhibit

    The Gallery at Domicile will host its final art exhibit for 2010. Entitled “Artists’ Harvest,” the show will feature over a dozen Wisconsin and Door County artists displaying a variety of works offered at reasonable prices.

  • Emmett Johns Receives DCAL 2010 Master’s Award

    At the opening of the Door County Art League’s 24th Annual Juried Exhibit, Emmett Johns will be presented the 2010 Door County Master Artist award. The Master’s Reception and opening of the Juried Exhibit will be held on Sunday, September 12, from 1 – 3 pm at the Link Gallery in Fish Creek.

  • DCAL Features Mary Streu

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League in Fish Creek will feature artist Mary Streu for the week of September 12. Streu, who works in watercolor, acrylic, and gouache, has been painting for about eight years.

  • An Artist, an Influence

    Upon reading Kay McKinley Arneson's article about me being her mentor ("An Artist, an Influence," Peninsula Pulse, October 2, 2009), I decided that I, too, must write about my mentor.

  • Art with a Touch of Activism

    Light plays over the ripples of water in Pears at Sunset, a painting of the Egg Harbor waterfront by Sandra Place. At first glance the water seems a simple subject.

  • Top 5 Things NOT to do at a Theater Performance

    5. If you need to leave the theater to use the restroom during the show, do it during a scene change. Do not get up and climb over everyone in your row in the middle of Romeo wooing Juliet on the balcony.

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Presents “Panic”

    Closing the 75th season at Peninsula Players Theatre is Joseph Goodrich’s award-winning suspense-filled thriller, Panic, on stage from through October 17.

  • Theatre M Presents “Three Actors – Three Monologues”

    Theater M at Woodwalk Gallery will presents “Three Actors – Three Monologues,” from Talking Heads by Alan Bennett, for six performances beginning Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm.

  • “Celebrate Orchards” at the Crossroads

    "Celebrate Orchards" it the theme of the Crossroads at Big Creek’s Family History Day on Saturday, September 11. A collaborative event of Friends of Crossroads, the Door County Historical Society, and the Sturgeon Bay Home and Garden Club, the festivities will run from 1 – 5 pm.

  • Learn Basic Coastal Navigation with Door County Sail & Power Squadron

    On Monday, September 13 the Door County Sail & Power Squadron will offer a free two-hour seminar, “Basic Coastal Navigation,” beginning at 6:30 pm at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

  • Enjoy the “Taste of the Garden Door” September 11

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will host the “Taste of The Garden Door” and the “4th Annual Pesto Festo” on Saturday, September 11 from 1 – 4 pm.

  • 3rd Annual Kermiss Celebration

    The Family Centers of Door County and the Peninsula Belgian American Club are hosting their 3rd Annual Kermiss Celebration on Sunday, September 12 from 11 am – 4 pm at the newly established Southern Door Family Center in Brussels.

  • The Clearing Hosts Open House Celebration

    The public is welcome to the 75th Anniversary Open House Celebration at The Clearing in Ellison Bay on Saturday, September 11 from 1 – 4 pm. Attendees can enjoy The Clearing’s unique landscape while learning of its rich history of learning and the people that make up the organization.

  • Take a Swing at Johnson’s Park

    On a dreary evening, a few of us headed to Johnson’s Park in Sister Bay, put on plastic helmets and took a few practice swings before entering the batting cages.

  • Stonehedge Features Night Golf on September 20

    This is the last chance to play Night Golf at Stonehedge, as the final of their six events will take place Monday, September 20. It is a four person, 9-hole, best-ball scramble geared around the full moon for maximum lighting.

  • Tips From The Pro

    Let’s face it, more often than not, we find ourselves with an imperfect lie. Below are some various examples of trouble shots, and how best to play them.

  • Player Profile

    Profile of Door County golfer Peter Hickey

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Door County golf events...

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    This week’s trivia question: What four tournaments played after the “regular season” determine the champion of the FedEx Cup?

  • Green Quote

    “Every time we flick on a light switch, we play a role in valley fills, strip mining, coal ash, and more. The good news is we can do something about it.

  • Taking Steps

    In 2005, the City of San Francisco passed legislation that required city staff to buy materials from an approved list of environmentally preferable products.

  • Landmark Water Quality Rules Approved as of September 8

    As summer comes to a close, Wisconsin is headed for cleaner waters. September 8 marks the passage of a set of state rules, NR 102 and 217 (the "phosphorus rules") and NR 151, to address algae-forming phosphorus pollution in Wisconsin’s waterways.

  • Sheamus Fitzpatrick & The McNally Boys

    Celebrate halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day with Sheamus Fitzpatrick & The McNally Boys. Hailing from the Fox Valley, this Irish Pub band is sure to get you knee slapping and having a lot of good old-fashioned Irish fun.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts 4th Annual Jazz on Jefferson

    Sturgeon Bay’s Jefferson Street businesses will be hosting their 4th Annual Jazz on Jefferson event on Saturday, September 11 from 1 – 8 pm. Live music by jazz quartet Open Interest featuring John Salerno will begin at 1 pm.

  • Jacksonport Town Hall Bakery Features Katie Dahl and Friends

    On Friday, September 17 Door County singer-songwriter Katie Dahl will perform at the charming, historic Jacksonport Town Hall Bakery. The evening will feature new original songs and old-time favorites from the popular musician, who was recently named one of two winners in the Big Top Chautauqua “Songwriter of the Year” contest.

  • DCA Features Freedy Johnston

    Critically acclaimed American songwriter Freedy Johnston will be performing his original, acoustic rock music at the Door Community Auditorium on Sunday, September 12 at 7:30 pm.

  • Dick Skare Benefit Concert Features Door County Musicians

    Join some of Door County’s finest musicians for an afternoon of music and fun at a concert that celebrates hope, progress, and justice. Proceeds from the concert, “Teach Your Children Well,” which will take place on Sunday, September 19 from 4 – 6:30 pm, will benefit the campaign of Dick Skare, candidate for the State Assembly from Door and Kewaunee Counties.

  • Liberty Grove Says No

    In a vote that drew one of the largest crowds to a Door County municipal meeting in memory, Town of Liberty Grove voters said a resounding no to a proposal to purchase three shorefront properties in Gills Rock.

  • Sept. 14 Primary Elections

    A list of candidates in area races heading into the Sept. 14 primary.

  • Gibraltar High School’s New Notebook

    The next evolution in education has arrived at Gibraltar High School with the One Laptop Per Student, or OLPS, program. On Sept. 8, students in the sophomore class were given their own laptop computers, the latest step in the integration of technology into curriculum.

  • Gibraltar clerk A Witness to Town’s Evolution

    Gibraltar Town Clerk is stepping down after 23 years, but not without taking on a monumental final project.

  • Feed the Fish catches distributor

    A quick look at what happened in Door County last week.

  • Skare, Bies to Participate in Forum Oct. 13

    The news to come in Door County.

  • Thumb Fun Map

    More Than Fun: Thumb Fun’s Other Impact

    When former restaurateur and now visitor center extraordinaire Digger DeGroot says “Thumb Fun was really good for business in Northern Door,” his sentiment extends beyond the crowds it used

  • Egg Harbor Indian’s WIN!

    The Egg Harbor Indian's beat the Washington Island Islanders in the Door County Baseball League's Championship Game in Egg Harbor. The Indian's hit 4 Home Run's for a final score of 7 to 5 Congratulations