Volume 16 Issue 26 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Novella Collection Set in Door County on Bookshelves

    After years of family vacations and romantic getaways with their husbands, two Wisconsin authors – Becky Melby from Burlington and Cynthia Ruchti from the Marshfield area – have turned their infatuation with apple orchards, rugged shorelines, spectacular sunsets, and unique gifts shops and art galleries into romantic comedy. A Door County Christmas is a novella […]

  • Buzz Off Author Appears at Novel Ideas

    September is National Honey Month. Celebrate with a sweet new mystery. Hannah Reed, pen name for Deb Baker, will discuss and sign her new Wisconsin mystery book Buzz Off at Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, Sept 25 at 1:30 pm. In her youth, Deb dreamed of working as a private investigator or […]

  • Friends Schedules Fall Book & Author Event

    James Carl Nelson, the author of Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War, will be the featured speaker for the Friends of Door County Libraries’ Fall Book & Author event, Oct. 1 and 2. As well as “the Great War,” World War I was long known as “the war to end all […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 286

    One of my friends told me he’d seen a refrigerator magnet that read, PARENTING; THE FIRST 40 YEARS ARE THE HARDEST. Here’s a fine poem about parenthood, and about letting go of children, by Chana Bloch, who lives in Berkeley, California. Through a Glass On the crown of his head where the fontanelle pulsed between […]

  • At the Edge of the Age of Print

    A still-hidden village high atop a Smoky ridge took a name today, designed and lauded by a triumvirate: the local preacher, the town’s one cop, and a housewife whose husband plows the road down to Pigeon Forge. Hear the result of a single session of sweet tea and scratch pads and a great county nod […]

  • Visiting Privileges

    I visit my daughter for thirty minutes every week for seventeen weeks. She sits across the steel table, all ten earrings gone. Says she’s fine, didn’t know women could snore. Says she’ll never eat bologna again, ever. She gets out for school, otherwise draws. Today she gives me a picture of psychedelic rectangles, asks for […]

  • Where My Father’s Pants Go, He Goes

    When I drape your pants over an easy chair, a key chain from Gene’s Gentlemen’s Club falls from one of the pockets. Where did you get this? How should I know? The other night you rode in a limousine with the men from the assisted living wing to see an exotic dancers’ stage and floor […]

  • Letter to Lorine

    Lorine your little House no wonder you wrote short no more than tiny paper scraps fit pocket house as Rock rose – rock paper scissors floods of words to pocket trickles scissors cut paper paper covered Rock paper won – words rowed out

  • Travel Writing

    Let’s not think of the car with no brakes at all. Or the Studebaker the color of the dawning of a very bad day, followed across Utah by the blue cloud of its oil habit. Let’s not think of its demise in the cold of Colorado winter. Let’s not think of the crashes in the […]

  • How to Have a Perfect Marriage

    Her husband was no worse than an umbrella: useful in bad weather but ungainly at cocktail parties. Or he was her purse: useful for carrying things but more than once forgotten when she left the house. She fell in love with post office police sketches, the minor league mascot and his oversized foam mustache. Alexander […]

  • How I Would Paint Love

    We sit on the steps of the hospital; it’s three a.m. and no one else is in sight. We joke about Yamaha Kawasaki, if it’s a boy. Stephanie if a girl. Our heads are close in concentration. There is time between the flow of waters and the hours to come of contractions. A week before, […]

  • Anyone Seen Sally?

    Jane is a divorced single parent raising two on Kraft and Oscar Mayer See Jane Work. Work Jane, Work! Dick lives with his partner Tim and he doesn’t tell Mother See Dick Run. Run Dick, Run! Puff contracted feline diabetes from WalMart kitty chow made in China See Puff Drink. Drink Puff, Drink! Spot got […]

  • Games of Love

    What would I wear if I were sad? he asks. Coming to breakfast for instance, with my loss still fresh? You, gone, inexplicably, and the silence ? Another challenge. I didn’t know that lepidopterists played games. No Nabokov, he – a manic, willowy boy, already bent from peering. I’d been captivated by his intensity his […]

  • If I Get Someday

    If I get someday and I do do get someday and any number of gorgeousing gorgeousful days, then I'll sing me a summer time feast of dimension, tend throbs of much blissing, and I'll hold with it then and stay round round the march wheel and play past the kenning and say-o the good things that should all be said.

  • Best of Wisconsin Literary Journals: Verse Wisconsin

    Verse Wisconsin’s mission statement: “Verse Wisconsin publishes poetry and serves the community of poets in Wisconsin and beyond. In fulfilling our mission we showcase the excellence and diversity of poetry rooted in or related to Wisconsin, connect Wisconsin’s poets to each other and to the larger literary world, foster critical conversations about poetry, build and […]

  • Green Quote

    "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

  • Students Harvest Research Station Gardens

    Ninety-two fourth graders from Sunrise and St. John Bosco schools will harvest their six plots at the UW-Extension Peninsular Research Station on September 29.

  • Peninsula State Park Launches a New Century

    Peninsula's new century is off to a great start: interesting nature sightings and strong program numbers have followed the centennial celebration in 2009, which resulted in the park being named Wisconsin's state park of the year.

  • “Green Drinks” Examine the Transition Town Idea

    The Transition Town movement is the subject of this month's “Green Drinks” sustainability networking meeting. “Green Drinks” will be held at Glas Green Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, September 29 from 4:30 – 6 pm.

  • Green Facts

    36,108: Jobs created for every billion dollars spent on public transit

  • Upcoming Door County Golf Events

    Upcoming golf events.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    For whom is the Ryder cup named, and from what did he derive his wealth?

  • Player Profile

    Out of all the questions in the Player Profile, I have found the hole-in-one answer to be the most intriguing, perhaps because it produces the most unpredictable answer, and because behind each hole-in-one is a great memory.

  • The Johnny G Moves To Peninsula

    After hosting the Johnny G Golf Scramble for the past eight years at Maxwelton Braes, the popular scramble will be held at Peninsula Golf Course this year.

  • Bonnie Braes Women’s League Supports Rally for the Cure & Door Cancer

    Bonnie Braes Women’s League at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course in Baileys Harbor hosted an 18-hole, par three event for league members and invited guests on Sept. 9.

  • Horseshoe Bay Keeps “The Cup”

    For the third year in a row, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club brought home the Door County Cup by defeating Maxwelton Braes in their annual Ryder Cup format tournament, held Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19.

  • A Day at Rock Island State Park

    How fortunate we are living so close to Rock Island State Park, a unique recreational park in many ways. It surely is beyond the so-called “tension zone,” where hiking ranks above cars and bicycles which are not allowed.

  • Dr. Rudolph Barta: Fish Creek’s Weed Guy

    Dr. Rudolph Barta, MD, neonatologist at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, pulls weeds in public gardens around Fish Creek. Another once successful man now on the skids? Hardly!

  • Door County Sports Schedule

    Upcoming Door County sporting events.

  • Sturgeon Bay Jaycees Host “Punt, Pass, & Kick” Competition

    The Sturgeon Bay Jaycees are hosting the local competition for the official NFL/Pepsi “Punt, Pass, & Kick” program on Sunday, September 26. The competition is free and open to all boys and girls age 8 – 15 years.

  • Penny Olson Qualifies for National Senior Olympics in Racewalking

    Penny Olson took the gold medal for Women’s Racewalking in her age group in the 31st Annual Wisconsin Senior Olympics held at Pulaski High School in Milwaukee.

  • Quicknotes

    • The 15th Annual Chefs for a Day event will take place Saturday, October 23 at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Doors will open at 6 pm and volunteer servers will be distributing hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 – 7:15 pm.

  • Shepherd of the Bay Hosts 3rd World Marketplace

    Evelyn Charney and Eva Olson help set up figures in a Haitian Nativity for the Third World Marketplace to be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on Saturday, October 2 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

  • Finding Relief

    The challenges of running a business along with being a full time caregiver had Sue Sherman seeking an opportunity for her mother, who has dementia, to participate in a supervised social setting during the day.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Wain (male, orange tabby), Casta (female, calico/tabby), Black (male, black/white), and Showalter (male, orange tabby) all arrived to the shelter on August 11 and have been a riot ever since.

  • Business Briefs

    • The Peninsula Preschool of Ephraim is proud to announce that lead teacher, Leslie Leline, will be presented with the “Wisconsin Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award.

  • Wine Closures with Bryan Bradley of the Mission Grille

    For the last three centuries or so, wine bottles have been traditionally sealed with cork stoppers to prevent oxygen from reacting with the wine. As you may know, natural cork is processed from the bark of the cork tree, which is a type of oak.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:13pm

    Question: How did the unincorporated town of Carlsville get its name?

  • Congratulations to Pat Hellen!

    In the town of Baileys, there’s a postmaster extraordinaire, he’ll go the extra mile, and he’s so debonair!

  • Article posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:05pm

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): More good news from your stockbroker. He has been indicted. Watch Saturn and Venus for signs that the manuscript of your memoirs has been located, probably in Roanoke, Virginia along with your uncle Leo.


    Is there something that really irks you, gets your goat, rubs you the wrong way, drives you up the wall, gets you bent out of shape, puts a stick in your craw, or makes you want to throw in the towel?

  • Article posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:00pm

    Dear Miss Manners, What's with the short pants! I mean, just about every guy is wearing short pants to the grocery store, the boat dock, the restaurant, the open house at the bankrupt condo project.


    (Back row, left to right) Ian, John, Amanda, Jordan, Callie, Brandon, (front row, left to right) Kelsey, Kyle, and Paul recently gathered at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek for a family reunion and birthday celebration.

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it that tourists and seasonal visitors influence the attitudes and behaviors of year round residents of Door County?

  • Snippets From Science

    • Many nutritionists and researchers feel that a “Mediterranean Diet” (rich in vegetables, fruits, olive oil, fish, legumes, and moderate amounts of wine) is a heart-healthy way to eat.

  • By the Numbers

    11 Percent of births in Door County in 2007 to mothers who had not finished high school 97 Percent of Habitat for Humanity homes in Door County that are purchased by single mothers 21 Number of the 22 stadiums erected for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece that are unoccupied today $14.4 Billion, the cost […]

  • 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.

  • Ellie’s Lesson in Faith

    Much to the chagrin of my wife, I am not a church-going man. I work in the world of charity and do His work all week long. So I've always assumed He wouldn't mind if I took an hour off on Sunday.

  • Clearing Up Anclam Costs

    Some people came away from last week’s meeting in Baileys Harbor to discuss improvements to Anclam Park a bit confused about costs. A couple years ago, the town backed away from a plan designed by Miller

  • Cast Selected for Isadoora’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

    Isadoora Theatre Company is proud to announce the cast for their fall show, Jeffrey Hatcher’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Directed by Henry Timm, this version of the classic novella Strange Case of Dr.

  • Behind the Pages of Peninsula Players’ “Panic”

    An old saying goes, “behind every great man stands a great woman.” Panic, a new thriller by Joseph Goodrich, now on stage at Peninsula Players, embraces this concept.

  • Emerson Series Season Debut

    An innovative performer of flutes of the world, Peter Phippen will present a concert at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) in Ephraim on October 2 at 7 pm.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Free Concert

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a free concert Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 pm. The concert will feature the students of David Bell’s Clarinet Studio as well as Janet Anthony’s Cello Studio.

  • Is This in My Job Description?

    Without an Executive Director this season at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA), I have had the pleasure of filling for some of those responsibilities, including announcing the performances – something that absolutely terrified me five months ago!

  • We Are Beatrice to Perform at Mink River Basin

    We are Beatrice, a Madison-based band, will play at the Mink River Basin on Friday, September 24 from 9 pm - midnight. The Mink River Basin is located at 12010 Highway 42 in Ellison Bay.

  • Last Opportunity for Old Anderson House this Season

    The weekend of September 25 – 26 will mark the close of the Old Anderson House Museum for the season. However, the grounds of the Corner of the Past and the Sister Bay Historical Society’s popular Farm Market will remain in operation through Saturday, October 9.

  • Workshop Offers Pressure Canning Tips

    On November 6 from 9 am – 12:30 pm, the Door County UW-Extension will offer a hands-on education workshop for beginning or experienced home canners entitled “Pressure Canning Venison Products."

  • Ephraim Village Museums Announce End of 2010 Season

    Saturday, October 9 will mark the conclusion of the fall museum hours for the Ephraim Village Museums, along with their historic walking tours and tram tours.

  • Door County Historical Museum Hosts “Norwegian Heritage Day”

    On Saturday, September 25 the Door County Historical Museum will host “Norwegian Heritage Day” from 10 am – 3 pm. During the event, visitors will learn about Hardanger, a style of embroidery, and Rosemaling, a Norwegian decorative pattern.

  • Dairy View Opens their Corn Maze

    For 10 years Great Adventure Corn Mazes (GACM) has been working with the Schopf Family at Hilltop Dairy. Each spring, when the plants are short, GACM brings in a computerized corn-cutting machine, GPS-guided via satellite, to carve out a maze in detail.

  • Newport State Park Celebrates Earth Science Week

    The American Geological Institute has declared October 10 – 16, 2010 as Earth Science Week. This year’s theme is “Exploring Energy.” In addition, the United States National Parks have declared October 13, 2010 as the first annual National Fossil Day.

  • A Day off in Door County

    Oh, I love days off in Door County. I love mornings, afternoons, and evenings off in Door County – there is so much, too much, to do and see and eat. So if I had one day, a single day with a friend in tow, I would begin at Espresso Lane in Baileys Harbor and grab a cup of their home-brewed coffee to go.

  • The Flying Pig Gallery Features the Whimsical Creations of Wendy McKim Murphy

    In Wendy McKim Murphy’s artwork, she draws on her memories of her childhood in British Columbia, observing dogs, cats, ducks, and children. With each piece, she attempts to portray the soul or character of her subjects in paper mache.

  • Settlement Shops Fall Art Fair

    The Settlement Shops in Fish Creek will host their annual Fall Art Fair on Saturday, September 25 from 10 am – 5 pm. Local and regional artists will set up booths to sell their latest creations along the meandering path that separates the shops.

  • Santa Fe Shop Features Artwork by Maria and Miro Kenarvo

    Maria Kenarova and husband Miro Kenarov are working together to create unique pieces of art. The process begins when Maria creates a decorative ceramic panel, then Miro paints original artwork on the pieces of ceramic.

  • Jacksonport Craft Cottage Features Miniature Quilts

    Miniature quilts, all hand crafted by Mitch and Mary Miller of Millersburg, Ohio, are a new addition at the Jacksonport Craft Cottage, celebrating 26 years in Door County on Hwy.

  • Peninsula School of Art Pairs “Iron Pour” Benefit with Mythology Exhibition

    Two festive events will begin simultaneously at 4 pm on Saturday, October 2, at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. The public is invited to take part in the school's inaugural “Iron Pour” to benefit its art education programs, and take in the festivities at the free opening reception of the exhibition "Norse Mythology, the Muse.

  • Johns Exhibits “Recent Paintings” at Mr. Helsinki’s

    An exhibit of Emmett Johns’ paintings entitled “Recent Paintings” will be on display at Mr. Helsinki’s Restaurant in downtown Fish Creek beginning October 1.

  • Glas Exhibits Daniel Anderson Photography

    Daniel Anderson, an Ellison Bay photographer, will exhibit at Glas Coffeehouse until October 3. Anderson has photographed widely throughout the American West, England, Scotland, and Ireland.

  • Edgewood Orchard Hangs Up Final Show of 2010 Season

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will celebrate the opening of the fifth and final show of the gallery’s 2010 season with a reception and painting demonstration from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday, September 25.

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum Exhibits “Quilts…the Fabric of Our Past”

    Honoring the tradition of early pioneer women, the Trillium Quilt Guild will exhibit quilts at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum. Continuing through October 8, “Quilts…the Fabric of Our Past” will feature a collection of 19 hand-sewn pieces dating from 1880 to the present.

  • DCAL Opens 24th Annual Exhibit

    On September 12, the Door County Art League opened their 24th Annual Juried Exhibit at the Link Gallery in Fish Creek, during which 2010 Master Artist Emmett Johns was honored.

  • An Artist, an Influence

    There are two artists who have influenced me – one dead and one living. Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956) made a deep impression on me at an early age. I have read his biographies, studied his paintings, and have tried to get inside his disturbed mind.

  • Two Poems

    Blood Blackened Boards The ladies of the Restoration Association replaced The parlor floor of Fredricksburg’s Kenmore Plantation During the 1920s when the preservation began, The guide, a genteel lady with softly graying hair, Told our assembled tour group. As the room had been used as a Civil War surgery, The boards had been stained dark […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 285

      In our busy times, the briefest pause to express a little interest in the natural world is praiseworthy. Most of us spend our time thinking about other people, and scarcely any time thinking about other creatures. I recently co-edited an anthology of poems about birds, and we looked through lots of books and magazines, […]

  • Poetry Trail Reading Features Kort

    On Friday, October 1, Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate, will read at 5 pm from her works displayed on the Newport State Park Poetry Trail. There will be a reception at the Newport Visitors Center with Kort reading followed by an open mic. The public is welcome to attend. Kort is the first distinguished […]

  • To Whom It May Concern

    August, 2009 To Whom It May Concern, I am writing to recommend Autumn for the position recently left vacant by Summer. I have observed Autumn’s work for the last 40 years or so and feel I am as qualified as anyone to comment on her abilities. For at least the past 40 years, Autumn has […]

  • Mr. Smolak

    Mahler’s Symphony #5 is playing on the radio this rainy morning when I hear the news – Mr. Smolak has died. Most people knew him as “Louie,” a short, sturdy man, 101 years old and still driving the county roads. I’m told he didn’t get his first license until the age of 90, when his […]

  • Preview of Wisconsin Book Festival

    For many, September means the kids go back to school, the roads are less congested headed north, and it’s time to pack the shorts away and pull out the fleece.