Volume 17 Issue 29 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Door county’s Impervious Surfaces

    Door County has seen a lot of development in the last 30 years, but impervious surface data compiled by Door County GIS Mapping Specialist Audrey Forslund shows that in some communities there’s more green space left than you might expect (and others much less).

  • Sister Bay Is So Old…

    Back in the September 16th issue of the Peninsula Pulse, I announced a contest to come up with the best “How Old is Sister Bay” joke.

  • Challenge Walk MS raised $380,000

    The Challenge Walk MS is growing rapidly in both dollars raised and participants.

  • Gigantic Jelly Fish and Ancient Clams

    No doubt you’ll be hearing a lot more about jellyfish in the near future. Population explosions of these watery creatures are occurring all over the planet as populations of ocean fish are being depleted and jellyfish are moving in.

  • Ethics in Business award nominees wanted

    A look at the news to come in Door County.

  • Randy Pluff Benefit Oct. 23

    Randy Pluff, whose story we brought to you in our Sept. 2 issue, continues to recover from surgery to remove an anaplastic oligoastrocytoma, commonly referred to as a brain tumor.

  • On the Ground at Occupy Chicago

    Nearly a month ago the Occupy Wall Street protest began in New York City, an attempt to put focus on the role Wall Street and corporate influence has played in the struggles of the United States economy.

  • Indentured service?

    $8.7 billion Combined revenue of the NCAA’s 346 Division I athletic departments in 2010

  • Highway Bill Could Cost State

    When the Wisconsin State Legislature cut $35 million in local road aids in the 2012 state budget, Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej warned that the cuts could impact the county’s ability to perform state highway maintenance.

  • Town Board Discusses Concealed Weapons

    The Liberty Grove Town Board has considered adopting an ordinance on concealed weapons on town property.

  • The Storm’s Hidden Damage

    When we think about the havoc caused by the nearly 70 mph winds that hit our peninsula, the first thing that comes to mind is the physical damage caused by broken branches and fallen trees.

  • Savory Spoon Celebrates American Cheese Month

    The American Cheese Society is paying homage to Artisan cheese in all its glory with the first-ever American Cheese Month this October. American Cheese Month was created by the American Cheese Society to help raise awareness of the quality and diversity of American cheeses.

  • Door County UUF Screens “Waiting for ‘Superman'”

    A groundbreaking documentary that provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States and has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change will be screened at the UU Fellowship on October 18 at 4:30 pm.

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Features Evening Tours

    In the glow of lantern light, visitors will have an opportunity to tour the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse after sunset this fall. Guests to the lighthouse will step back in time, sharing in the adventures of the second keeper, William Duclon, who manned the lighthouse from 1883 – 1918.

  • Inn at Kristofer’s Hosts “Autumn Harvest”

    The public is welcome to join Chef Terri Milligan on October 21 for an evening of memorable food and wine at The Inn at Kristofer’s “Autumn Harvest” gourmet wine dinner and cooking class.

  • Kiwanis Club Screens “The Great Rocky Mountain RV Adventure”

    October 21, the Kiwanis Club of Northern Door will present the second program of their “Travel and Adventure Film Season.” The event will be presented by internationally-recognized travel lecturer and cinematographer, John Holod, who will share the adventure of a lifetime with The Great Rocky Mountain RV Adventure – Part 2.

  • Door County Folk Alliance Hosts Barn Dance

    On October 22, the Door County Folk Alliance (DCFA) will host an old-fashioned barn dance from 7 – 9:30 pm. Although the dance will not be held in a barn, but rather in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tacoma Beach Road near the intersection of County Road U and Highway 42/57 in Sturgeon Bay, the music and dances will be based on traditional barn, or contra, dances.

  • A Word About Writing

    “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."

  • Door County Hosts Wisconsin Poet Laureate

    Bruce Dethlefsen, the 2011-2012 Wisconsin Poet Laureate and poetry judge for this year’s Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Expose, will present two readings in Door County in October.

  • Dethlefsen Publishes New Book

    Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen has a new book of poems coming out this fall, published by Cowfeather Press. The book, Unexpected Shiny Things, covers territory from the playgrounds of elementary school to the trout streams of Wisconsin, from birth to love to heartbreak, with a focus on the tragic death of Dethlefsen’s son, Willi, in 2010.

  • Poetry Jumpstart Award

    An offshoot of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf Initiative, the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award is designed to help other Wisconsin poets implement a project or program that brings poetry into the eye of the general public in an unconventional manner.

  • Considering Mister Dillon and Miss Kitty’s Profession

    Once our beloved aunt gave my brothers and I a present, a thing she thought farmboys had need for…in hope of turning them into civil farmboys. Ms. Vanderbilt’s extensive 300-page deadweight, ore-boat of a tome titled Etiquette For Young Men.

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    “Kiss me!” a woman with freckled cleavage and curls hairsprayed to a crisp shouts in the midst of the crowded dance floor at Husby’s. It’s Fall Fest and Amber laughs and dances with three girls she’s never met wearing pink feather boas and plastic tiaras.

  • Legs up the Wall with Hip Release

    Let’s continue where we left off with Legs up the Wall and add a hip release that will give you even greater range of motion in your hips. Lie on your back with your legs resting against a wall.

  • Turning On to Twitter

    I tweet now. And I love it. I did not think I would ever say that. I’m not a fanatic, but I’m a fairly regular tweeter. Just six months ago I wasn’t even using Twitter, the social

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 338

    We all hope our children’s lives will be better than our own, and invest in that hope in a variety of ways. Here Michael Ryan of California compares what we can provide for them with what we can’t.

  • Spanish Wine – Rioja

    For this column, we turn our attention to Spain, where viticulture and winemaking date back beyond 1000 B.C. While Spain currently ranks third in world wine production (behind France and Italy), the country ranks first in the amount of acreage planted to vines at over 3,000,000 acres.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:35pm

    Question: How long does it take the trees on the bluff at Ellison Bay Bluff Park to grow one inch?

  • Congratulations Sarah Foxworthy

    Good service seems so natural, when it’s a big part of your bloodline. For Sarah’s mom it’s sorting and stamping; for Sarah it’s serving good pasta and fine wine.

  • 66th Annual Fall Fest Schedule

    Fall Fest schedule of events

  • Overheards & Shout Outs

    “I had the biggest crush on that one nun.”

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:19pm

    Dear Mary Pat, My neighbor is a bit of a neat freak when it comes to his lawn. He is out there constantly in the summer with all sorts of equipment. His grass is perfectly edged at the sides.


    Parker Rowe wonders if it is true that misbehaved children turn into stone at the Chef's Hat in Ephraim.

  • Hummus, The Triple Threat

    Appetizer, snack or entrée, hummus transforms itself into whatever you need it to be. Naturally high in protein, it’s the perfect dish for any occasion – easy to make and enjoyed by all.

  • Green Life Quote

    "A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke he is writing his signature on the face of his land. Signatures of course differ, whether written with axe or pen, and this is as it should be."

  • Breakdown of a Bloody Mary

    Well known as a hangover cure, a spicy treat on a brisk day and a perfect brunch companion, the Bloody Mary may well be the queen of cocktails. During Sister Bay’s Fall Festival, many people begin their day of revelry with a Bloody Mary.

  • Short Shots

    The 10th Annual Johnny G Golf Scramble took place at Peninsula State Park. 124 players took part in the event.

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Ben Ehlers

    You participated on a successful golf team at Sevastopol, what was your favorite memory: I participated four years on varsity, and my favorite memory was the bus ride home from state after finishing second in Division III.

  • Golf Tip: Swing Dynamics

    To build from small swings (impact zone) to a complicated motion (full swing) you need to blend the hands and the arms with the pivot. If done properly, the synchronized motion not only moves the club in the proper relationship to the body but to the target line as well.

  • Christmas Folk Art Fair Set for November 20

    The Door County YMCA has set the date for their 25th annual Christmas Folk Art Fair for November 20 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center.

  • Lockwood Featured at Mr. Helsinki

    The ethereal Door County landscape paintings of Margaret Lockwood will be featured at an exhibit at Mr. Helsinki Restaurant in downtown Fish Creek beginning October 16.

  • Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl

    On November 19 and 20 more than 17 artists will exhibit at 12 locations in Sturgeon Bay. This will be an opportunity for customers to find some original art and artful gifts for the holidays.

  • Rasmussen Awarded Best in Show

    Door County plein air painter Randy Rasmussen won "Best in the Show" at the "Mill Street Paint Out" in Plymouth, Wisconsin on October 1. His painting "Mill Street Morning" will be used in promotions in 2012 by the Plymouth Wisconsin Arts Association.

  • Family Day at Door County’s Peninsula School of Art

    Sculpture and drawing are the focus of the Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. The walk-in art program will take place October 15 from 9 am – noon and is free and open to families with children ages 3 to 17.

  • Fred’s Guitar

    On Saturday, October 1, American Folklore Theatre hosted an Opening Night Gala for the Spitfire Grill at the Door Community Auditorium. The gala, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the play’s Broadway debut and a tribute to the late Fred Alley, included an art auction.

  • A Budding Artist

    Twenty-five-year-old Bonnie Seaquist sips a chai latte with pumpkin spice at Espresso Lane in Baileys Harbor, among a few of her diverse paintings. From a painting of a young couple sitting on a bus to small abstracts that she considers still incomplete, all of the paintings are for sale, “but I’m not sure about pricing,” she laughs, admitting, “I am still trying figure things out."

  • Ellison Bay Hosts Fall Art Crawl

    Ellison Bay Arts will host their annual Fall Art Crawl October 22 and 23 from 10 am – 5 pm. Maps will be available at each of the locations listed. The artists and schools in Ellison Bay created this annual event and map to help visitors experience the rich and diverse arts community in Northern Door.

  • Door County Sports Schedule

    HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Football Oct. 14 @ Hilbert, 7 pm • Volleyball Oct. 15 @ Sturgeon Bay (Conference), 10 am • Cross Country Oct. 22 @ Sheboygan Lutheran (Sectionals), TBA Oct. 29 @ Wisconsin Rapids (State), TBA SEVASTOPOL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Football Oct. 14 vs. Reedsville, 7 pm • […]

  • Feed and Clothe My People Accepting Donations and Applications

    • Feed and Clothe My People, located at 204 N. 14th Ave in Sturgeon Bay, is now accepting applications from families who need help purchasing Christmas presents and food this holiday season.

  • Is There a Doctor in the House?

    It’s not often that a theater is fortunate enough to have a retired director come knocking on its door, but when Arthur “Doc” Hopper retired from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2005, that’s exactly what he did.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:43am

    Named for one of the kindest Door County Humane Society (DCHS) volunteers, Loretta embodies the same sweetness as her namesake. This is a pure white shorthair female cat that was trapped along Highway DK in Brussels and brought into the DCHS in late June.

  • Once New Ensemble Performs at Door County UUF

    Musical variety is the product of the Once Now Ensemble, performing at the UU Fellowship in Ephraim on October 28 at 7 pm. The group presents a dynamic mix of musical influences that comes to a focus in a unique stream of improvised, instrumental voices playing off one another.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Holiday Music Motel Hosts Edgar Allan Polka

    Once again, the Holiday Music Motel will host their annual "Dark Songs / Edgar Allan Polka" bash on Halloween weekend at Cherry Lanes in Sturgeon Bay, October 28 – 29.

  • Howard Fishman and The Hot Holy Mess Perform at Door County Auditorium

    A little slice of New York City will come to Fish Creek on October 28, when two of the hottest bands from Brooklyn’s thriving roots music scene will play at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • At the Intersection: Fall Fest’s Music

    For many folks in Northern Door, Fall Fest marks the end of the busy season and the prelude to the next endeavor. Whether it’s an autumnal departure to another locale or simply looking forward to a slower pace this winter, the festival marks an intersection of two realities brought about in full-on revelry.

  • 20 Years of Preservation, 10 Years of Learning

    In the past 20 years, technology has transformed the world; consequently, the need for a place where people can get in touch with nature, participating in experience-based education, and where scientists, citizens and elected officials can come together to make wise decisions about the environment is more important than ever.

  • 4 Winter Dates to Mark in Your Calendar

    The most-asked question this time of year is: What do you do here in the winter? As those who choose (and yes, it is a choice) to stay in Door County through the winter can attest, the list is actually pretty long.

  • Autumn’s Carpet of Small Plants

    Charlotte and I received one of our all-time favorite Christmas presents in 1977, a book titled Gnomes, written with great imagination and illustrated beautifully by Rien Pourtvliet.

  • Pen Players Discuss Shakespeare’s Greatest Disputes

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s series of free public seminars will conclude October 15 when cast members from the current production of God of Carnage, Joe Foust, Maggie Carney, Karen Janes Woditsch and Kevin McKillip, will host “No Holds Bard – Great Shakespearean Domestic Disputes” from 2:30 – 4 pm in the rehearsal hall.

  • Midsummer’s Music to Present “Holiday Brass!”

    Midsummer’s Music is pleased to present “Holiday Brass!” on December 8 and 9, featuring the Wisconsin Brass Quintet from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • Isadoora Theatre Performs “Eclipse of the Soul”

    Isadoora Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Scott Kopischke’s Eclipse of the Soul at Third Avenue Playhouse, October 14 – 16. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm, and the Sunday matinee is at 2 pm.

  • Bjorklunden Features Jazz Guitar Program

    The Lawrence University Jazz Guitar Studio will be making its Bjorklunden debut on October 23. The program will take the listener through many aspects of the instrument’s rich history: contrapuntal solo guitar explorations, virtuosic renderings from the American songbook, gypsy jazz, avant-garde landscapes and an opera rendered on solo guitar.

  • I Get a Kick Out of Cole

    Birch Creek continues a tradition of excellence with the upcoming fall concert, “I Get A Kick Out of Cole,” featuring Cynthia Stiehl, mezzo soprano, and pianist Judith Jackson on October 22 in Juniper Hall.

  • Door County Dental Care Protects Smiles with Free Mouthguards

    Jennifer Henry of Door County Dental Care creates an impression of Ben Luder’s mouth to create the perfect-fitting mouthguard for him. Door County Dental Care had over 50 area students participate in their Free Mouthguard Day on September 28.

  • Junction Center Hosts 10th Anniversary Celebration

    • Junction Center founder Kathy Navis will host a 10th anniversary celebration Oct. 23 at 4 pm. The public is invited to walk the labyrinth, sit around a bonfire and enjoy food from Greens N Grains Deli.

  • Riding For MS: Door County Riders Nearing $1 Million Mark

    In the late 1980s, a group of Door County snowmobilers participated in their annual weeklong ride in Upper Michigan and along the way ran into another group of riders, and a simple conversation sparked 20 years of fundraising.