Volume 17 Issue 22 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Where Old Door County Survives: The Alpine Resort

    The Alpine Resort recalls days gone by – old-school cabins, dance halls, jazz bands and the forgotten American Plan vacation.

  • Baileys Harbor awarded Scenic Byway grant

    The news in brief in Door County from last week.

  • Egg Harbor celebrates 150th Saturday

    The news to come in Door County.

  • Short Shots from Door County Courses

    • Hole in One: Carl Beckstrom had a hole-in-one on hole #17 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

  • Door County Golf Results

    PENINSULA STATE PARK 87th Annual Resorters Match Play Tournament, August 8-11, 2011• Men’s Championship Flite: Bradley Metzger• Women’s Championship Flite: Grace Caird• Men’s Flites: A-Flite – Stu Chomeau; B-Flite – Mike Ciepluch; C-Flite – Lou Komer; D-Flite – Jack Mulligan; E-Flite – Jerry Willey• Women’s Flites: A- Flite – Betty Chomeau; B-Flite – Carol Woerfel• […]

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Earl Schram D.D.S.

    Years playing: My oldest brother used to bring home clubs from the course. I’ve probably been playing since I was 10 years old, so about 1941.

  • Upcoming Door County Golf Events

    • Friday, August 27: Sturgeon Bay Front Court at IdleWild. 8 am shotgun start. 4-person scramble. Benefits Sturgeon Bay High School basketball program.

  • Golf Tip: The Moment of Impact

    Many things can go wrong during a golf swing, but the only thing the ball knows is the impact. It is at the precise moment when the club delivers all the flight information to the ball, telling it where to go.

  • A Game for All Ages

    In the D-Flite on day one of the 87th Annual Resorters Match Play Tournament at Peninsula Park Golf Course, 96-year-old Dick Woerfel competed against 13-year-old Jack Mulligan.

  • Stretch of the Week

    A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy habits. It’s good to start with a routine for exercise and stretching. Pick a time and exercise at the same time everyday.

  • Eating to Live, Living to Eat

    I’m sitting at my desk. It’s mid-afternoon, and my energy’s crashing. My mind feels slow and blurry. I’d like a nap, but I have to keep working and get some more productive hours in.

  • Fight Against Factory Farms

    On Aug. 31, John Peck of Family Farm Defenders – a Madison-based organization dedicated to preservation of small family operated farms and the preservation of food integrity – will make an appearance at the Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Ave, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Big Turnout for Ed Garvey Presentation

    The Door County Environmental Council annual summer program was called a “rousing success” by Executive Director Jerry Viste in summing up the Aug. 17 program.

  • Joe-Pye Weed

    We are entering that wonderful early fall season when the site of two native wildflowers, the Joe-Pye Weed and the Canada Goldenrod, growing together in a sunny damp site always reminds me of my hometown Kewaunee High School Alma Mater song, “Purple and Gold Kewaunee!” It’s a nostalgic melody a small group of us returning graduates of the class of 1947 will be singing in around a week at our 64th reunion.

  • Door County High School Sports Schedule

    GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Football Sept. 2 vs. Algoma, 7 pm • Gibraltar/Sevastopol Soccer Aug. 29 @ Wrightstown, 4:30 pm Aug. 30 vs. Southern Door, 6:30 pm • Volleyball Aug. 27 @ Kohler Invite, 9:30 am Aug. 30 @ Stockbridge, 7 pm Sept. 1 @ Shiocton, 5 pm • Cross Country Aug. 30 @ […]

  • Goju-Ryu Karate Promotions

    The Fish Creek YMCA held karate promotions August 12. (Left to Right, front row) Will Friedenfels and Jake Schar; (back row) Mark Stephens, Patrick Ressler, Audrey Ressler, Chris Mydra, Ray Roberts, Allura Witallison, Marci Faustini, Phil Faustini, and Shaun Koulias.

  • Sturgeon Bay Cheerleaders Flying High

    Sturgeon Bay High School (SBHS) Cheerleading recently held a Cheer Clinic led by representatives from the St. Norbert College Cheerleading squad. At the clinic, SBHS cheerleaders were taught the proper way to hoist a cheerleader in the air.

  • Sister Bay Holds on for County League Title

    The Sister Bay Bays nearly gave it away. The Egg Harbor Indians were lifeless as the Door County League championship game moved to the bottom of the ninth inning on their home turf August 21.

  • Culture Behind the Cup

    One word: Coffee. We thrive on it in our daily lives, during our work week and on vacation. At home: French pressed or drip pot? On the run: Independently owned or Starbucks? Whether we’re ordering a specialty coffee or a regular cup of medium roast, taking it “for here” or “to go,” sipping alone or with friends, for many people it’s an integral part of the day.

  • Ellison Bay Service Club Dedicates Cairn

    • August 12, the Ellison Bay Service Club hosted a unique historic event – the dedication of a cairn at Wills Park on the shore of the harbor at the foot of the bay.

  • Farmer of the Year

    Donna Peterson and her family won the Thresheree Farmer of the Year Award. There is a long history of Peterson’s family's involvement in this event and after 29 years of participating the family finally won.

  • Article posted Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:15am

    When Griffin, a sweet older dog, arrived at the shelter in early August covered with adult and juvenile fleas, he was in misery. After a quick vet consultation, the kennel staff initiated soothing balms and a gentle but thorough bath.

  • Heidi Derbick Joins Wellness Center of Door County

    • The Wellness Center of Door County, Inc. announced the addition of Heidi Derbick, MSN, RN, APNP, FNP-BC, to their clinic staff. Derbick brings experience caring for patients of all ages.

  • County of Complacency

    Ten years ago I was interviewed for an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Why? Because I was a young business owner in the oldest municipality in the state, Sister Bay. The 2000 census illustrated

  • Stem Cells, Hummingbirds and Spider Silk

    Medical researchers have developed methods of creating new blood vessels, voice boxes, and windpipes (tracheae) to transplant into patients who have lost their own due to cancer or injury. Such advances result from the use of stem cells and bioengineering.

  • Notes from the Grove

    On August 16, Kevin Masarik of UW-Stevens Point and UW Extension gave a presentation on the results of the recent well testing program conducted in the Town of Liberty Grove.

  • Retirement Community?

    A quick look at census numbers show Door County is trending even older.

  • Census Figures Confirm Challenges Ahead

    Door County is aging – rapidly.

  • Acclaimed Organist Nathan Laube Performs at Shepherd of the Bay Church in Ellison Bay

    Organist Nathan Laube brings his brilliant playing, audience-friendly programming, and gracious demeanor to Door County, when he appears in concert at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on August 28 at 7 pm.

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

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s popular series of free public seminars will continue August 27 with golf stories and jokes as well as behind the scenes discussion of running a golf course and golf tournaments.

  • Pianist Performs at Bjِrkludnen’s Vail Hall

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a free concert August 30 at 8 pm. Allen Bonde, pianist and composer, will perform a concert of his piano compositions including selections from “Reflections in the Spirit,” “A Page a Day for a Year and a Day,” “Through the Looking-Glass,” and “Theater Music."

  • Toscana – Montalcino

    The wine region of Tuscany, located in Central Italy, along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, is home to three of Italy’s most important red wines: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:08pm

    Question: One of Door County’s state parks takes its name from the abandoned town the park now rests on. Which state park is it?

  • Congratulations to Jeanne Majeski

    Jeanne seems to know all her customers. A warm smile and a pleasant look, Nothing makes her ever so pleased, Then pairing them with exactly the right book.

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:05pm

    Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Breakfast tomorrow will be evilly delicious.

  • Overheards and Pet Peeves

    “Emily, are you throwing angel dust again?”

  • Article posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:04pm

    Dear Mary Pat, My friend and I were trying on shoes in a little shop up here. She had an iced coffee and carelessly spilled it all over this $125 pair of shoes.


    The late entertainer Bob Hope (1903 – 2003) stands at the mantle at Casey’s Inn in Egg Harbor below a picture of August “Casey” Lautenbach in October 1972.

  • The Ridges of Door County Begins Fall Hike Schedule

    On September 1, the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will begin its fall schedule of naturalist guided hikes. From September 1 through October 15, hikes will be given at 9:30 am Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Ephraim Hosts Walking and Tram Tours

    Tad Dukehart has been a tour guide for the Ephraim Historical Foundation for eight years, first as a walking tour guide and currently as a tram tour guide.

  • Final Stuff-o-rama Flea Market in Door County

    September 4, the Stuff-o-rama flea market in Sister Bay will host their final market of 2011. The flea market will be held on the grounds of Domicile from 9 am – 3 pm.

  • Crossroads of Door County Hosts Various Programs

    Crossroads at Big Creek will continue offering free programming and educational opportunities throughout August. August 28 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, “Sunday at the Village” will feature costumed members of the Door County Historical Society offering tours and selling slices of apple pie.

  • Open Spaces and Wild Places

    The Richter Community Forest Preserve was a gift to the Washington Island and Door County communities from lifelong islander, Arni Richter. Richter donated 158 acres on the southwestern tip of Washington Island to the Door County Land Trust in 2002, envisioning that this property would remain an educational resource and place of beauty for islanders, visitors and school children alike.

  • Woodwalk in Door County Features Chris Irwin and a Tribute to Bob Dylan

    August 26, the Woodwalk Concert Series will continue with Chris Irwin and Friends. Irwin has described his music as country/bluegrass and indie. He will perform original and favorite folk tunes.

  • Toivo and The Snowbirds Perform for Witness for Peace Fundraiser

    On September 5 from 4 – 8 pm, Woodwalk Gallery will host a Witness for Peace Labor Day party and fundraiser. Attendees will enjoy local wine, beer, and snacks, while listening to live music by local rock bands Toivo and The Snowbirds.

  • Door County’s Harmony by the Bay Closes Concert Season with Folk Festival

    Harmony by the Bay will close the 2011 concert series on August 31 at 7 pm with a folk festival featuring the best of blues, folk, pop, and world music, with artists Julian Hagen, Jay Whitney, Lynn Gudmunsen, Jeanne Kuhns, and special guests Dorothy Scott and Edi Kwasi Gbordzi & The Projkt Timbukale.

  • Cheese, Vanilla, and International Sauces

    The Savory Spoon of Ellison Bay has a great line up of classes to help prepare for the Labor Day celebrations and to begin the fall season! August 30 at 6 pm, “Meet the Cheese Maker and Cheese Tasting” will feature Bob Wills, president and owner of Cedar Grove Cheese, which specializes in organic cheese made from pasteurized whole organic milk.

  • Jacksonport Craft Cottage Introduces Quilt-Themed Puzzles

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage has added new quilt-themed puzzles. "Garden Path,” “Turtle Quiltscape,” “Daffodils,” and “Grandmother's Flower Garden” are just a few titles of the puzzles that are now featured at the shop.

  • Door County Sail & Power Squadron Offer Three Advanced Boating Classes

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron will present three advanced boating classes this fall. “Piloting,” which begins September 12, is the first of the advanced navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions.

  • Bjorklunden of Door County Offers Seminars

    From September 18 to 23, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering two seminars: “Rails Across America: The Romance of the American Passenger Train in History, Literature & Film” with Jack Rhodes and “Watercolor: A Fresh Start” with Helen R. Klebesadel.

  • I Ate for $8.88

    Ever since I stepped into the little white hut across from the Fish Creek Marina with the lulling sound of ukuleles wafting from small speakers and gaped up at the chalkboard menu with column after column of flavorful custard combinations and shaved ice options, I have been hooked on Malibu Moo’s.

  • The Words of Bob Dylan as Visual Art

    Artist “Skye” has silkscreened Bob Dylan’s lyrics into huge fabric panels in an art installation entitled “Shakespeare’s in the Alley.” This body of work will frame the stage at the Woodwalk Concert “Buckets Of Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” which will be performed September 1 - 3 and 8 – 9 at 7 pm.

  • “Fur, Feathers, Flowers, and Reflections” at the UUF

    Door County artist Roxanne Hanney will exhibit a collection of her paintings, “Fur, Feathers, Flowers and Reflections.” Her specialty is painting pet portraits.

  • Door County Quilters Exhibit

    Area quilters will display their talents on Labor Day weekend at the 6th annual Quilt Show and Sale, held at the Harbor Ridge Winery (formerly the Outpost) in Egg Harbor.

  • Winners of Door County’s “Paint the Bay” Announced

    Winner of this year’s "Paint the Bay" at the Door County Maritime Museum’s Classic and Wooden Boat Festive was Randy Rasmussen for his painting "Splash."

  • A New Flash in the Pan

    There's more flash at Mr. Helsinki in Fish Creek than just Chef Joe's flambéed crepes. Beginning August 30 a new series of quirky, retro-inspired mixed-media oil paintings will be found at the hip restaurant and wine bar above the Fish Creek Market on Main Street.

  • Hardy Gallery of Door County Hosts an Another Successful Art Camp

    Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery completed another successful Art Camp, held in conjunction with Gibraltar School’s Migrant Education Program. The program takes place annually during a three-week period in July and August, when a large group of migrant farm workers arrive in Door County to help harvest the peninsula’s massive cherry crop.

  • Edgewood Orchards Opening Reception Features Book Signing and Demonstrations

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a reception for the opening of its fourth exhibit of the season on September 3 from 4 – 7 pm. The featured artists will talk about their artwork at 5 pm.

  • DCAL Announces Artists of the Week

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League, located at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek, will feature the work of Dianne Saron and Steve Krueger during the week of August 28.

  • Nurturing the Future – Savoring the Past: Miller Art Museum Programs

    I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois, a wonderful place to grow up. We had a public park and swimming pool. We had a pharmacy with a counter to cozy up to and order a “green river." We had a small community center with craft classes where I remember making a mosaic tile ashtray for my Dad.

  • Scrimshaw Commemorative

    Gary Kiracofe, resident artist at Scrimshanders in Ephraim, demonstrates his craft each Friday afternoon at 2 pm. While early scrimshaw was done with crude sailing needles, Kiracofe uses finer tools to create his pieces, including a design to commemorate 9/11 that he hand engraved on the ivory handle of a knife made by Mike Sakmar.

  • Door County Author Releases Updated Edition

    On Wings of Trust tells the true story of Captain Carole Litten, who proved worthy of her 114 passengers’ trust by skillfully landing an aircraft that suffered two emergencies.

  • Ellen Baker Signs “I Gave My Heart to Know This” in Door County

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation will host a book signing reception for Ellen Baker, author of I Gave My Heart to Know This (Random House, 2011), on September 2 from 4 – 6 pm at Anderson Barn History Center in Ephraim.

  • Cherry Land

    Amber’s blue t-shirt sticks to her armpits as she bends with pad and paper in hand. A scream flies from the mouth of a squirming five or six-year-old girl reeking of sunscreen while her mother asks, “Jennifer, do you want chicken nuggets or fish sticks? Jennifer!” Amber fakes a smile, nods to the pouty-lipped girl with encouragement, smoothing her blonde hair behind an ear before remembering that gesture violates ‘health code.'

  • A Review: “Seeds”

    During spring break of 2001 when teacher/writer Richard Horan set out from his home in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters for a vacation along the Gulf Coast, he had given no thought to collecting tree seeds, much less writing a book about the project.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 329

    I’ve gotten to the age at which I spend a lot of time remembering, and it’s the fragments that seem to affect me the most, fleeting glimpses into the past that leave me still reaching for something I can’t quite grasp.

  • Wheelin’ to Manhood

    There was only one rite of passage left for me on Thursday, February 18, 1959 at 8:52 am when I reached the legal age of 21. Whereas, yesterday on the 17th and up to the early morning on the 18th, I was just “Hughie Boy” or “kiddo,” or better yet, “young man.” Now I was to be known as “man,” “Mister,” “Sir.”

  • Sister Bay Holds on for County League Title

    The Sister Bay Bays nearly gave it away. The Egg Harbor Indians were lifeless as the Door County League championship game moved to the bottom of the ninth inning on their home turf today.