Volume 16 Issue 30 – Section 1

In this issue

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 291

    I have three dogs and they are always insisting on one thing or another. Having a dog is like having a dictator. In this poem by Mark Smith-Soto, who teaches in North Carolina, his dog Chico is very much like my dogs, demanding human company on whatever mission they choose to pursue. Night Watch Chico […]

  • Election 1860

    Six months before the election, Bryant told Lincoln, Make no speeches, write no letters … make no promises. No speeches? Your brilliant debates two years ago were sheer oratory, we read them in all the newspapers, and even in books. It’s not like you to hold back your words. What? No smutty information about Breckenridge, […]

  • Auberle Reads at Dickinson Series

    Sharon Auberle is the featured poet at the November 10 Dickinson Poetry Series sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ephraim. Auberle grew up in the Midwest, exploring fields, woods and waters, often in the company of her grandfather, who passed his love of the outdoors to her. With this heritage, her years of living in […]

  • The Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival Accepting Entries for 2011 Contests

    Wisconsin People & Ideas, which regularly publishes some of the best poetry and fiction from around the state, is inviting everyone to become a part of Wisconsin’s new literary canon by entering their annual contests. Writers are invited to enter their poems and short stories in the annual contests, which are both accepting submissions from […]

  • The Tail Dragger

    “Gramp, how come all you do is sit in the house watching television? Did you used to do something else, or have you always done this?” The question came from Gramp’s twelve-year-old grandson Jack who was visiting him at the farm. It was like a bolt of lightning for Gramp who leaned back in his […]

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it that social media has become such a popular venue for bullying others?

  • Snippets From Science

    • Massage therapy not only relaxes the body, but new evidence indicates it may also boost the immune system. Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that 45 minutes of either light touch or Swedish massage resulted in marked physiological changes.

  • Notes from the Grove

    The Town Board decided to hire Graef Engineering to develop a master plan for the Garrett Bay Road launch ramp and park area.

  • By the Numbers

    80 Percent of people who try cigarettes who become hooked 35 Percent of people who get addicted after injecting heroin 4 Percent of people who become alcoholics after drinking alcohol just once 988 Number of American service members who have lost limbs in combat since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began in 2001 3.09 […]

  • Gibraltar’s “Seussical” Selected for Wisconsin High School Forensics Showcase Performance

    This November, Gibraltar will be performing in front of 60 – 80 schools for the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association’s (WHSFA) showcase performance.

  • Midsummer’s Music Hosts 7th Annual “Renaissance Christmas”

    Sponsored by Midsummer’s Music and featuring the Chicago Early Music Consort, the 7th annual “Renaissance Christmas” concerts will take place throughout the peninsula the weekend of Dec. 11 - 13.

  • First Baptist Church Features Men of Harmony

    On Sunday, Nov. 14, the First Baptist Church of Sister Bay will host the Men Of Harmony from Sheboygan, Wis to perform for their Fall Harvest Festival Celebration.

  • Trick-or-Treating Hours

    Whether they’re a peapod, ghost, witch, lion, princess, football player or disguised in another creative costume, bring your kids to a party or stop at homes with the porch lights on to spook friends and neighbors this Halloween.

  • Dancing in Disguise: your Halloween Party Guide

    Halloween is a great excuse for adults to dress up and act like kids again. Door County is filled with spook-tacular adventures and if one day's not enough don’t worry because there will be costume parties all weekend long.

  • Door Concerts, Inc. Presents Intersection

    Intersection, a New York trio consisting of violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and pianist John Novacek, will grace the stage at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church Tuesday, Nov. 16.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Lawrence Piano Students

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a free concert Sunday, November 14 at 1:30 pm. Lawrence students from the piano studio of Professor Anthony Padilla will be performing solo and ensemble works by Robert Schumann in celebration of his 200th birthday anniversary this year.

  • Birch Creek’s Faye Seeman Performs with Fox Valley Symphony

    Long-time Birch Creek faculty member, harpist Faye Seeman, will perform a harp concerto with the Fox Valley Symphony in Appleton on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

  • “Club Jazz” Features Birch Creek Faculty

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will host a concert entitled Club Jazz on Thursday, Nov. 4. Club Jazz will feature three of Birch Creek’s jazz faculty members: Jeff Campbell, Reggie Thomas, and Rick Haydon.

  • Classical Music Concert Benefits Diabetes Research

    A newly formed trio of Door County musicians will perform Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim. Cellist Kim Souther and violinist Beth Chafey-Hon will join pianist David Beck for an evening of great classical music.

  • The Cookery Features Live Music

    The Cookery’s Wine Bar will continue to host live music performances during the months of November and December. Concerts will take place on Friday or Saturday at 7 pm.

  • Inn at Kristofer’s Features Katie Dahl

    Singer and guitarist Katie Dahl will perform at The Inn at Kristofer’s on select dates from October to December. There is no additional cover charge to dine on an evening Dahl performs; however, reservations are strongly encouraged.

  • A Celebration of Community

    On Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm, the Door County Auditorium in Fish Creek will host a free concert entitled, “A Celebration of Community.” The concert, sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC), will feature three international touring musicians, along with a lineup of Door County musicians.

  • Holiday Motel Hosts Annual “Dark Songs”

    Sturgeon Bay’s famed Holiday Motel will once again host its annual “Dark Songs,” a week of collaborative songwriting, recording, and performances. Over 20 musicians will converge at the Holiday Motel to write music that will be debuted in two live performances over the Halloween weekend.

  • Toivo Performs 4th Annual Halloween Show

    Local band Toivo will perform their 4th annual Halloween Show at the Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek on Sat., Oct. 30 from 10:30 pm – 2 am. The show will open with a special performance by The Snowbirds.

  • 5 Reasons To Dance

    5. It might be your ticket to appear on “Wheel of Fortune.” That’s right, getting a group dance started at an audition can help you become selected as a contestant for the national television game show.

  • Dancing in Disguise

    Halloween is a great excuse for adults to dress up and act like kids again. Door County is filled with spook-tacular adventures and if one day's not enough don’t worry because there will be costume parties all weekend long.

  • Afterschool Flag Football Participants

    The participants in the 2010 YMCA afterschool flag football program are looking tough! (Back row, left to right) Evan Henry, Eric Hoyerman, Ben Fitzgerald, Andras Szakala, Brandon Stillman, Lucas Smith, Seth Merline, and Connor Duffy.

  • Door County Y Volleyball

    The winter is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to go into hibernation mode. One way to get off the couch is the Door County Y’s winter volleyball league.

  • Coming Next Issue: Motivations

    The off-season. Quiet time. Local time. Whatever you want to call it, things definitely slow down in Door County come winter. But, that doesn’t mean you have to shutter the doors and windows, curl up on the couch, and hibernate for five months.

  • James Akita Wins Door County Fall 50

    James Akita didn't look like a man who had just run 50 grueling miles as he sat in front of an industrial-size space-heater Saturday afternoon, warming up in the party tent for the post-Fall 50 festivities.

  • Door County Awarded Bike Route Grant

    Door County's bike route planning received a big boost when the state awarded an $80,000 matching grant for the plan Oct. 27.

  • Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse of Egg Harbor Wins Door County Rib Fest Contest

    • Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County held their second annual Door County Rib Fest on Saturday, October 2. Those in attendance tasted an assortment of ribs and voted for their favorites in both the professional and amateur categories.

  • Spool-tacular Hike Raised $2,500

    Peninsula State Park’s 9th annual "Spook-tacular Hike" attracted 2,000 visitors and raised $2,500 for the park’s nature education program. Participants of all ages walked along a flickering, lantern-lit trail, passing through happy haunted hollows and meeting not-so-scary characters like owls, bats, vultures, and more.

  • Boathouse Restoration Complete

    The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the completion of the Plum Island Boathouse painting and restoration project by Washington Island contractor, Jeff Hagen.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Abby is a stunning, short-haired beauty. She is approximately 10 years old with lots of love to give! She is spayed, up to date with vaccines, and front declawed! Abby is a little shy and reserved, but with time and love she will come around! Iowa is a spayed female with dazzling green eyes.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:12pm

    This week’s question: Whose U.S. Senate seat did Russ Feingold win in 1992?

  • County Awarded Bike Planning Grant

    Door County’s bike route planning received a big boost Wednesday as the county was awarded an $80,000 matching grant to support a countywide Comprehensive Bike Plan.

  • Halloween Activities For the Kids

    Whether they’re a peapod, ghost, witch, lion, princess, football player, or any other creative costume, bring your kids to a party or stop at homes with the porch lights on to spook friends and neighbors this Halloween.

  • Congratulations to Candice Finell!

    You must go to the DC Deli, to fill up your belly, because Candice is there, to deliver your fare. She works every day in the town of Sister Bay, to deliver terrific food whatever your mood.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:02pm

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): You are a “glass half full” kind of person, which presents a real dilemma each day when you are forced to choose between optimism and essential hydration.


    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 Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:59pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Halloween is here and it fills me with dread. I hate horror movies, but now that I'm in college, I can't get away from them. Growing up, we were never allowed to watch scary movies thankfully, but ever since October 1st it's been fright fest in my dorm.


    (Left to right) Mike and Jean Kubiak and Sharon and Buck Honold recently enjoyed an evening at Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse in Egg Harbor.

  • Rosemary-Maple Spiced Innards

    There's nothing quite as nostalgic to the olfactory than the smell of the inside of a pumpkin. After scraping out all the seeds and guts, that Halloween smell will stay under fingernails for days.

  • Southern Door Family Center Offers Fitness Classes

    The Southern Door Family Center is partnering with the YMCA to present a series of fitness classes. During the month of November, five types of classes will be offered.

  • Ellison Bay Service Club Shows Documentary for Monthly Meeting

    The Ellison Bay Service Club will hold its monthly membership meeting at 7 pm on November 18 in The Jensen Center at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, during which the film A Sense of Wonder: The Life and Work of Rachel Carson will be shown.

  • Inn of Kristofer’s Hosts 2nd Annual Oyster Celebration

    During the weekend of Nov. 19 – 20, Chef Terri Milligan and her staff at the Inn of Kristofer’s will be busy preparing various oyster dishes for the restaurant’s second annual Oyster Celebration.

  • GHA Hosts Final “Gibraltar Talks” November 11

    The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) is wrapping up its “Gibraltar Talks” series for 2010 on Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 pm. GHA will present, Gibraltar Talks…Door County’s Oldest Trees at the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek which is located at the corner of Maple and Spruce Streets.

  • Cookery Hosts Weekly Spelling Bee

    The Cookery will be hosting a weekly spelling bee again this winter. The spelling bee competitions will take place in the wine bar on Thursday evenings, Nov. 4 - Jan. 6.

  • 5 Essential Pieces of Gear to Stay Active When It’s Cold Outside

    1. Gloves: Whether walking, running, hiking or biking, as the weather turns colder you’ve got to keep those hands warm. For those of us who like to stay active, gloves need to have a snug fit and allow maximum finger movement.

  • Date Set for 45th Annual “Olde Ellison Bay Days”

    At its monthly membership meeting on October 14, the Ellison Bay Service Club confirmed dates for the 45th annual “Olde Ellison Bay Days” celebration – Door County’s original summer festival.

  • At the Crossroads

    To celebrate the “Year of the Escarpment,” the Crossroads at Big Creek has replicated the Niagara Escarpment in their Learning Center. With the help of Meissner Landscaping, Inc and muralist Patty Clark, the center has not only expanded accessibility, but become a visual aid of the impressive Door County feature.

  • Sustainable Pulse Profile

    You may have seen him whizzing down Highway 57 on his way to work at the Whistling Swan Inn and Restaurant early in the morning, or late at night. You may have seen him in spring with the wind in his hair, or fall with a hat on his head, scarf blowing around his neck.

  • Taking Steps

    Today’s new refrigerators use a third of the electricity that models did in the 1970s, but the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) is looking for more efficiency, according to a press release.

  • Fall’s Collection Call

    Autumn is in full swing in Wisconsin. As you rake and collect leaves in the coming weeks, you may be tempted to sneak them in the trash, pile them on the curb, or set them ablaze, but there are many easy, more environmentally friendly ways to dispose of autumn’s bounty.

  • New Ideas Solicited for Blue Sky-Greener Pastures Projects

    Wisconsin has over 2 million acres of pasture but only about 1/4 of those acres are under rotational management to maximize yield and quality. Despite its many social, economic, and environmental benefits, managed grazing is far from reaching its full potential.

  • Green Facts

    9,695: Average number of steps Australians take each day.

  • Postcard Program Sparks Baileys Harbor Memories

    The large crowd at the September meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society had a rare opportunity to see what their town once looked like through a century’s worth of postcard images.

  • Landmark Resort of Egg Harbor Wins Best Pumpkin Display

    • Sixteen Egg Harbor businesses competed during this year’s Pumpkin Patch festival for the best pumpkin/scarecrow display.

  • Linden Centre Receives More Recognition

    Travel + Leisure magazine has selected the Linden Centre as the recipient of the 2010 Global Vision award. For the past six years, this award has recognized the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that are working hard to preserve the world's natural and man-made treasures.

  • Through the Eyes of Four Artists

    The UU Gallery of Ephraim will host an opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 11 am – 1 pm. The exhibit will showcase the works of four emerging painters – Pamela Clausen, Mara Pioneks, Suzanne Barnes and David Kapszukiewicz – who are all students and/or graduates of the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art.

  • Peninsula School of Art’s “The Value of Black & White”

    In a world infused with color, Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek will display the beauty of its interpretation in the colors of black, white, and shades of gray in the exhibition "The Value of Black & White," on display from Nov. 12 - Dec. 31.

  • Gibraltar Students Create Visions of Peace

    The Gibraltar Middle School art students joined 350,000 children throughout the world by participating in the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.

  • Jacksonport Craft Cottage Features Vintage Halloween Creations

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is pleased to introduce Vintage Halloween Creations by Nancy Hoover. Inspired by vintage paper figures, Hoover has created hundreds of unique figures for Halloween.

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Hosts Closing Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be closing for the 2010 season on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 5 pm. A “Closing Day Reception” will be held on Sunday, from 10 am – 5 pm.

  • William A. Schneider Receives a Variety of Honors

    Crystal Lake artist William A. Schneider, currently featured at the Champeau Gallery in Sister Bay, recently received an honor award at the Mid America Pastel Society’s 2010 National Exhibition for his painting “Steadfast."

  • Caffe Tlazo Exhibits Artwork by Donald R. Randall

    On Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 am – 2 pm, Caffé Tlazo in Algoma will be welcoming local artist Donald R. Randall for their fall Tlazo Artist Series. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about seven years ago, Randall returned to his interest in art as a way of coping with the lack of sleep caused by disease.

  • Cultivating Students’ Inner Artist

    If you know someone who went to Sturgeon Bay schools in the past 20 years, chances are they had Mrs. Gebauer for art. Julie (Johnson) Gebauer is the Elementary Art Specialist at Sawyer and Sunrise elementary schools in Sturgeon Bay.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    Growing up, I was always interested in the arts, but nature photography was just a creative outlet for me; I had never seen it as a career path. There were great nature photographers like Tom Mangelsen, Jim Brandenburg, and Larry Ulrich who inspired me to take photographs, but when I think about who was the most influential to me becoming an artist, I think of my parents-in-law David and Carole Frykman.

  • Men at the Women’s Fund Luncheon

    Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the first annual Celebrate Women luncheon hosted by the Women’s Fund of Door County. It was an enormously successful event attended by over 300 women (and 5 men) at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Batten Down The Hatches

    This was the 1st time encounter for me in Door County, The ships are coming in because it is going to blow! My morning started off with the power out at my house so I got dressed and headed for Leroy's

  • People Making the Places

    Architects can design incredible buildings. Artists can paint murals on the walls to make a dull city more esthetically pleasing. Museums can be built to honor the history. Yet, all of these places are

  • Telling My Story

    While I was jotting down notes for my next blog entry, someone asked me if I was nervous to put my writings out on the internet. A confused look washed over my face. “I mean, doesn't it intimidate that

  • Catching Up With Sevastopol Football Coach Ron Frank

    Tonight, Ron Frank and the Sevastopol Pioneers make their first step ever into the WIAA State Football Playoffs, taking on Coleman at Coleman. It has been a long road for the Pioneers, but especially

  • Gibraltar Takes Home 1st Regional Volleyball Title

    Gibraltar volleyball took home the D4 Regional Championship yesterday, upsetting Packerland Conference champion Green Bay NEW Lutheran in four games. It's believed that the title is Gibraltar's 1st ever volleyball regional title.

  • Ellison Bay Art Crawl

    What to do on a rainy day in Door County? Well, it just so happens that Ellison Bay is hosting their annual Ellison Bay Art Crawl! The artists of the town all open up their shops and studios giving

  • James Akita Wins Door County Fall 50

    James Akita didn't look like a man who had just run 50 grueling miles as he sat in front of an industrial-size space-heater Saturday afternoon, warming up in the party tent for the post-Fall 50 festivities.

  • Wine Tasting in Door County

    Once a wine enthusiast, now I’m one step closer to becoming an expert, thanks to Door County Trolley’s Premier Wine Tour. Ding the bell and get ready to learn about the wonderful world of wine in the Door Peninsula.

  • Attack Ads Hurt Voters Most

    A member of our staff at the Pulse found an interesting direct-mail piece in her mailbox attacking 1st Senate District candidate Monk Elmer this week. The flyer is yet another example of a nasty

  • Silent Sports Alliance Designates Funds for Countywide Bike Plan

    The Door County Silent Sports Alliance accepted a donation from the Door County Triathlon for $1,000 earmarked for a countywide bike plan. At its annual meeting on Oct.

  • Fall Fest Is Over

    Every year it seems like the end. Fall Fest Weekend. The last party of the year. Well, Maybe for some. There is a bunch more holidays coming up with many more parties to be had. It is the end tho

  • Womens’ Suffrage Documentary Screening

    Iron Jawed Angels will be the featured film at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Movies That Matter October 19, 7 pm.

  • Winter Wonderland Arrives at Viva la Cottage

    With a wink of her eye and a nod of her head, Angie McMahon is opening the door of Viva la Cottage for its annual Winter Wonderland event. On Saturday, October 23 the shop around the corner of Highways Q and 57 will feature a festive treat for the senses.

  • Chinese Lessons

    To say that my Chinese is at a beginners level would be an extreme compliment. Yes, I know how to bargain in the market place and make a killing on arm loads of pashminas, but I don't know any conversational

  • Fall Fest Weekend!

    The leaves have changed colors and falling to the ground. It can only mean one thing, Fall Fest in Sister Bay. The street will be closed off and the parade will march. Food, Drink, Music, Crafts, entertainment

  • Door County Art League Potluck and Planning Meeting Scheduled

    Monday, October 25, Door County Art League members will get together to socialize at a potluck dinner beginning at 6 pm at the Gibraltar Fire Department meeting room.

  • Bulgarian-Born Songstress Geri X to Play Studio Concert at The Holiday Motel

    In June of 2007, Geri X was drawn to Sturgeon Bay for the first time to participate as a writer in the annual Steel Bridge Songfest (SBSF). Quickly becoming an essential part of the Steel Bridge family, she has returned every year since, and now also takes part in the Holiday Motel’s other various music events, such as Dark Songs, the annual macabre songwriting week that takes place at the motel at the end of October.

  • Door County Half Marathon Registration Opens Nov. 1

    Registration for the fourth annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k, a run in Peninsula State Park, opens Monday, Nov. 1.