Volume 17 Issue 21 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Kewaunee House

    Memories of Egg Harbor Life

    The following are excerpts from the two-volume collection Celebrating Egg Harbor, released in July. “It was nice years ago. You had people who helped you, and you helped them, and no money ever had to change hands.

  • Misinformation Chain

    Those of you who use the Internet with any regularity have probably heard the admonition that you shouldn’t believe everything you read or find on the web.

  • Roy Oshkosh, Door County Ambassador

    Chief Roy Oshkosh in full regalia. Oshkosh, chief of the Menominee Indian tribe, was one of Egg Harbor’s most colorful characters and respected citizens.

  • Banana’s Carbon Footprint and Fracking Hazards

    Did you ever wonder about the carbon footprint of a plastic bag? How about a space shuttle flight? Author M. Berners-Lee can tell you.

  • By the Numbers

    34 Percent of stories with unnamed sources in 1958 that used only vague language such as “a reliable source”

  • Shred Fest a Big Success

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The Summer "Listening Session" was attended by 18 people and lasted just under one hour.

  • An Open Letter to Our Visiting Friends

    Dear friends, We cannot tell you how pleased we are that you decided to visit us in Door County. Whether you’re here for a few days, or come back frequently all season, we are so very glad that you’ve come.

  • Horseshoe Bay Barns Host Egg Harbor’s 150th Celebration

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society is offering a rare opportunity to tour the historic 19th century Horseshoe Bay Farms complex Aug. 27 as part of Egg Harbor’s 150th anniversary celebration.

  • The History of Us: Egg Harbor’s Family Histories

    Egg Harbor's hardscrabble past provides a lesson for today.

  • Room Tax Returns Hold Steady in June

    The state of tourism is always a hot topic in Door County. Residents talk a lot about how the tourist season is, was and will be, usually pointing to anecdotal evidence like traffic and weekend lodging vacancies.

  • Growers Support Research Station

    Door County residents and growers voiced support for the Peninsula Agricultural Research Station at an open house Aug. 17. The station, located on Highway 42 just north of Sturgeon Bay, faces reductions that would cut their $260,000 budget by as much as $125,000.

  • McNulty charged

    A look at Door County news in brief from last week.

  • LWV sponsors education study session

    A look at the news to come in Door County.

  • Peninsula Players of Door County Opens “The Fox on the Fairway”

    Ken Ludwig’s madcap golfing comedy The Fox on the Fairway made its Midwest première at Peninsula Players Theatre-in-a-Garden Aug. 17, the start of a three-week run.

  • Isadoora Theatre of Door County Hosts Auditions for “Eclipse of the Soul”

    Isadoora Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming world premiere of Scott Kopischke’s Eclipse of the Soul on Monday, Aug. 22 and Tuesday, Aug. 23.

  • “Guys On Ice” and “Spitfire Grill” to feature “Packer Friendly” Schedule

    Tickets are on sale now for what will be AFT's most ambitious fall schedule to date, featuring extended runs of Guys on Ice and The Spitfire Grill at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • The Circle of Birch Creek

    For 18-year-old Ryan Baumgartner, the moment that allowed him to break free from his repetitive patterns was when he put all else aside, sat down with fellow percussion students at Birch Creek, and made music come alive.

  • TAP of Door County Presents “Break A Leg! The Music of Broadway”

    Daddy D Productions, which has become a perennial favorite at TAP since their debut in 2006’s Evening on Broadway, will return to Sturgeon Bay Aug. 27 at 7:30 pm with a new show, Break A Leg! The Music of Broadway.

  • The Ridges of Sanctuary to Host Wisconsin Naturalist Class

    Registration for Wisconsin Naturalist class, coordinated by The Ridges Sanctuary, is now open. Any adult who is interested in Door County’s environment and natural resources is invited to the class, which starts Sept. 8.

  • Crossroads of Door County Hosts Various Programs

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host the New Day Singers for a special Sunday at the Village Concert Aug. 21 at 1:30 pm. The vocal group will take attendees on a musical trip through history.

  • Monarch Tagging at The Ridges in Door County

    The monarch butterfly is one of only a few insects that migrate to a warmer climate for the winter. Their unique wing structure and yearly life cycle makes it possible to travel thousands of miles to wintering areas in Mexico and southern California.

  • Melinda Myers to Teach at The Clearing in Door County

    Nationally syndicated gardening expert and author, Melinda Myers, will teach a one day Workshop Program class, “Building a Beautiful Garden,” at The Clearing Folk School Sept. 27.

  • Open Spaces and Wild Places

    The 190-acre Oak Road Wetlands Nature Preserve is situated northeast of Carlsville where Sunnyslope and Oak Roads converge in a picturesque valley filled with rolling hills, teeming wetlands, fields bordered by woodlands, and the appearance of an occasional barn and farm house.

  • Immersed in Nature at Peninsula State Park

    Most visitors to Door County know Peninsula State Park, but one often overlooked feature in the park serves as a gateway to nature for people of all ages, especially children.

  • Three Upcoming Performances at Woodwalk in Door County

    The Woodwalk Gallery & Events Barn in Egg Harbor will host three special performances in the coming weeks as part of the Woodwalk Concert Series. Anne Hills and Michael Smith take the stage Friday, Aug. 19.

  • Siegel-Schwall Band and Dorothy Scott Perform in Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park

    The Harmony by the Bay Concert series at the Martin Park Bandshell in Sturgeon Bay welcomes the Siegel-Schwall Band Aug. 24. The band will perform with Door County regular Dorothy Scott, who has flowed between genres achieving popularity in blues, pop, folk and alternative.

  • Toivo at the Slide

    Door County’s own Toivo (Scott Zimmerman, Ryan Urquart, Rob Gay, and Dan Luedcke) will rock the Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek Aug. 20.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 328

    I don’t often mention literary forms, but of this lovely poem by Cecilia Woloch I want to suggest that the form, a villanelle, which uses a pattern of repetition, adds to the enchantment I feel in reading it.

  • Door County Poet Profile: June Nirschl

    Mrs. Boland was pruning a red peony bush / when she told me she had been feeding Sport. / Sport? A rope tightened around my chest, / nearly stopped my heart.

  • Party Line

    Aptly named for it was called the party line and in its way did predict the Blackberry and the text message. The party line telephone was grandmother’s entertainment in the leave of afternoon soap operas being it was some years yet till television.

  • WRWA Invites Writers and Publishers to Fall Conference

    The Wisconsin Regional Writers Association's (WRWA) fall conference will be held in Stevens Point, Wi. at The Ramada Inn from September 23 – 25. The conference will attract writers from all genres.

  • Door County Folk Alliance Hosts Barn Dance

    The Door County Folk Alliance will sponsor a barn dance Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Sister Bay Village Hall from 7 – 9:30 pm. No experience or partners are necessary.

  • Door County Sail & Power Squadron Offers Anchoring Seminar

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron is offering Anchoring, a free two-hour seminar, at 9 am Aug. 27 at SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina, 705 Quarterdeck Lane, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Door County Historical Museum Hosts School Days

    The Door County Historical Museum will host School Days Aug. 20 and 21. Enjoy activities and snacks that might have been found in old-time schools and experience learning games from long ago.

  • It Melts in Your Mouth: Great Cheese & Conversation

    I have always been a cheese lover and am extremely proud to be a native of the great dairy state: Wisconsin. On August 9, Felix Thalhammer of Capri Organic cheese in Blue River, Wi., drove up north to Ellison Bay just in time to greet a full class of passionate cheese mongers, including me.

  • Short Shots from Door County Courses

    • Andrew Godfrey made an eagle at Cherry Hills on hole #5. Gofrey drove the 353-yard par 4 by cutting the corner and made a 15 footer.

  • Door County Golf Results

    CHERRY HILLS Wednesday Night 3-PersonScramble League Standings• Top 3 from each divisionPalmer Flight (10 Teams)Place Team Name Points Score Scoring Average1 Jason Fuller 88.5 30 31.72 Kevin Kasten 86 32 33.93 Jim Bilski 84.5 35 32.8 Nicklaus Flight (8 Teams)Place Team Name Points Score Scoring Average1 Brad Hunsader 90 35 36.32 Randy Dvorak 81.5 35 […]

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Robert Leist

    What got you interested in studying Golf Enterprise? Just the love of the game.

  • Gould Chomeau Results

    The 34th Annual Gould Chomeau Scholarship golf tournament took place on August 7 at Peninsula State Park Golf Course. The outing drew 80 golfers, and Jim Thompson took top honors with a 67 while Lainie Marshall took first in the women’s division with a 84.

  • Golf Tip: Bunker play

    Everyone who has played golf has heard that a bunker shot "is one of the easiest shots in the game." For the players on the PGA Tour this holds true. As a matter of fact, under tournament conditions it is often easier for the players at the top level of the game to get the ball up and down out of the greenside bunkers than the adjacent rough.

  • Upcoming Golf Events in Door County

    • Saturday, August 20: Egg Harbor Men's Club Big Cup at Alpine. 9 am shotgun start; 4-person scramble. Entry fee is $65 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and prizes.

  • Paper Shop Uses Door County Natural Elements

    Mother and daughter, Dana and Barbara Smith of Ellison Bay, recently participated in a three-day workshop at the Paper Shop in Woodwalk Gallery. During "The Wild Plants of Door County" workshop, students made paper out of cattail leaves – beautiful woven, translucent sheets.

  • Door County’s Wearable Art Show

    The Sister Bay Village Hall at Waterfront Park will be transformed into a wearable art boutique and show on August 20 and 21. Contemporary, artist-made women’s apparel, accessories and jewelry will fill the hall with a wide range of styles, sizes and price points.

  • Door County Resident Accepted in Quilt Expo Contest

    Ephraim resident Sally Nesser has a quilt titled “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall – There’s No Place Like Home” accepted in the 2011 Quilt Expo 10-category contest.

  • Pipka of Door County Joins Precious Moments, Inc.

    Precious Moments, Inc. (PMI) has announced its acquisition of Prizm, Inc., Kansas-based maker and distributor of the award-winning Pipka Collection. This represents the first time that PMI has expanded its brand beyond the famous teardrop-eyed art of Sam Butcher.

  • Valmy Thresheree Celebrates Life on the Farm

    Subtly, over the last quarter of the 20th century, American farming as we had known it disappeared. Pastoral images of the family farmer in the heartland were supplanted by the logos and marketing slogans of corporate agriculture, high science, and maximized yields.

  • Martinez Studio of Door County Showcases Photographs by Beasley

    Jacksonport’s Martinez Studio is pleased to welcome black-and-white photographer Douglas Beasley, who will be featured for a guest artist week from August 22 through 26.

  • New School Year, New Classes at Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art

    Molly Johnson, new Owner and Executive Director of the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art in Algoma, is implementing additions to the curriculum for the new school year that will strengthen the academy's fine art education.

  • “New Art by Five Friends” at Glas of Door County

    An exhibit called “New Art by Five Friends” is now on display at Glas Coffeehouse, located at 67 E. Maple Street in Sturgeon Bay. This display features work from local artists Sara Bradley, Pat Olson, Faith Frykman, Mac Schueppert and Lynn Gilchrist.

  • New Ekholm Paintings

    Judi Ekholm has recently completed two paintings inspired by summer’s glory in Door County. “Growing Gold,” an oil on linen, was inspired by a back road area on Country View Road, and “Dancing Poppies” was inspired by an acre of wildflowers in full bloom west of Egg Harbor in July.

  • DCAL Announces Artists of the Week

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League (DCAL), located at the Top of the Hill Shop in Fish Creek, has invited the public to enjoy the creative talents of 35 regional artists.

  • Dishing it Up

    The poem “Clay on the Way” by Tony Ledtje is David and Jeanne Aurelius' inspiration for their third show of the year, titled "Dishing it Up."

  • Nature Meets Technology on Stainless Steel

    It’s really fascinating how a love of nature manifests itself in different artists’ hands. With Mai Wyn Schantz, a Wisconsin born landscape painter, it’s particularly unique.

  • Barossa Valley Australia

    This week we travel around the world to the heart of the Australian wine industry and its most famous region, the Barossa Valley. The Barossa region consists of a hot continental climate which, in turn, promotes the production of very ripe grapes.

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:37pm

    Question: Door County has more miles of Lake Michigan shoreline than any other county in the United States. How many miles does it have?

  • Congratulations to Joel Gunnlaugsson

    Some servers wrap our souvenirs / While others bring food and drink.

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:34pm

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): If the voices in your head become too loud, tell them to shush. Or, give them a sideways glance. Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Your dependency on spell check will reach new heights Thursday when you find yourself unable to spell the word spell.

  • Overheards and Shout Outs

    “It’s like a seafood meatloaf."

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:32pm

    Dear Miss Manners, I recently met up with some of my girlfriends to catch up over drinks at one of Door County's "nicer" establishments. We're all crazy busy this time of year, and we were very much looking forward to relaxing and chatting in a bit of a slower-paced atmosphere.


    Mickey Quinlan (front seat passenger), a long-time resident of Whitefish Bay, was “Queen” at the 11th annual Whitefish Bay Association Picnic held Saturday, August 6 at the Hitching Post.

  • Peninsula State Park in Door County Hosts Presentation by Autumn Sabo

    • UW-Madison graduate student Autumn Sabo is the featured speaker at Friends of Peninsula State Park (FPSP) annual meeting on August 27. The public is welcome to join staff and volunteers for a potluck picnic at noon, followed by a short business meeting.

  • Volunteer Voices

    Time and time again, the ladies of the Lakeshore Community Action Program (CAP) Food Pantry say they hear it – “I never thought that I’d be here.” But with remarkable grace and pride, they lead those needing food through the shelves and freezers of the pantry talking about recipes and how to prepare certain items.

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:19pm

    Teddy, a two-year-old spunky terrier mix, has an outgoing personality. Although his original owners had to surrender him due to a move out of the area, Teddy can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for him.

  • Altrusa Club of Door County Sends Students Back to School

    On August 13, the gym at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA was filled with hundreds of happy faces of children receiving their school supplies, and the many volunteer guides taking them through the Back-to-School Fair sponsored by Altrusa Club of Door County.

  • Moths: A rare appreciation

    Have you noticed a very distinct shortage of moths this summer? Seldom while driving at night have we seen moths in the car’s headlights or had them hit our windshield.

  • Green Fact

    Driving 10 miles over the speed limit on average wastes 150 gallons of fuel each year, costing drivers approximately $500 a year in fuel.

  • Green Quote

    “The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it's that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."

  • Niagara Escarpment Fans Compare the Bruce and Door Peninsulas

    Representatives of several U.S. and Canadian groups recently met to discuss issues facing both the Door Peninsula and Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1990, the Bruce Peninsula which separates Ontario’s Georgian Bay from Lake Huron, mirrors the Door Peninsula.

  • Green Drinks Continues Conversation on Food Co-op

    On Monday, August 22 Green Drinks will host the second of two public conversations about the advent of a member-owned, retail food store on Sturgeon Bay's west side.

  • Moonpennies Electric Bikes

    There’s now another option for getting around Washington Island without a car. Moonpennies Electric Bikes, located just a few steps from the Washington Island Ferry dock, began renting electric bikes in July.

  • Door County Green Fund Accepting Applications

    The Door County Community Foundation is inviting local charities to submit grant applications for support from the Door County Green Fund. “Door County is blessed with an abundance of natural resources,” said Bret Bicoy, President & CEO of the Community Foundation.

  • Husby’s Comes Out as Northern Door Volleyball League Champions

    Husby’s won the 2011 Northern Door Volleyball League title with a record of 43 – 2. (Back row, left to right) Clark Lundquist, Sam Northrup, Travis Ward and Adam Nelson.

  • Door County Sports Schedule

    DOOR COUNTY LEAGUE BASEBALL “If you are from Egg Harbor, that is the opposite of love.” – Drew Lindsay of the band JT & the Clouds, after his beloved Washington Island Islanders were defeated by Egg Harbor in the Door County League playoff semifinals, at the Camp David performance Aug. 14.SUNDAY, AUG. 21 PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIPSister […]

  • Peninsula State Park Names New Superintendent

    Nearly two years after Tom Blackwood retired, Peninsula State Park finally has a new superintendent. Kelli Bruns, most recently the superintendent for Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks in the Hudson, Wi.