Volume 17 Issue 30 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Skateboard auction raises $1,500 for skate park

    • The Art for the Skate Park Auction, held during Fall Fest, raised $1,500 for the Sister Bay Skate Park. Eighteen boards went to auction, with the highest bid coming in at $170.

  • Assessments Raise Ire of Liberty Grove Residents

    Revaluations in Liberty Grove have many residents upset as the total assessed value of the town rose 33 percent over its last revaluation, completed in 2002.

  • Egg Harbor to revamp little league field

    • Before hitting the field next summer, little leaguers in Egg Harbor will see their field transform into a neater, safer place. Through a joint effort of the Town and Village of Egg Harbor, the little league field next to Fire Station No.

  • Bo’s Battle: Sister Bay boy takes on leukemia

    Northern Door has become team orange as it supports a 12-year-old boy's battle with leukemia.

  • Howard Fishman Defies Convention

    Howard Fishman, a most unconventional artist, will take the stage at the Door Community Auditorium with the Hot Holy Mess Friday, Oct. 28. “I think of my sound as New Orleans/ Brooklyn music,” Fishman said when reached by phone at his home in Brooklyn last week.

  • Two Back-to-Back Concerts at The Holiday

    One week following their Halloween extravaganza, “Dark Songs: The Edgar Allan Polka and Other Dark Delights” at Cherry Lanes on October 28 and 29 which draws artists from all over the country to write, record and perform original works specifically written for the two-night Halloween bash, The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay will host two intimate and diverse house concerts to take place in their onsite studio.

  • Cookery’s Wine Bar Features Live Music Oct. 28 and Nov. 5

    The Cookery’s wine bar will continue to have live music during the late fall season. Highland Road will be playing a mix of bluegrass, a bit of country and folk on Oct. 28 at 8 pm.

  • Katie Dahl Day at Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay

    On October 29, the public is invited to come in from the cold for a morning of hot cider, warm sweaters, and cool music as Ecology Sports/Base Camp Coffee Shop celebrates its third annual Katie Dahl Day.

  • David Wilcox Performs at Fish Creek’s White Gull Inn

    Singer-songwriter and guitarist David Wilcox will be featured in the opening concert of the 27th season of winter folk concerts at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Nov. 9.

  • Friday Night Lights

    Gibraltar junior running back Austin Kissel (23, left) faced Hilbert defensive back Austin Schaffer (42) as he tried turning the corner in the final regular season game.

  • Upcoming Door County Sports Schedule

    HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Cross Country Oct. 29 @ Wisconsin Rapids (State), TBA SEVASTOPOL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Cross Country Oct. 29 @ Wisconsin Rapids (State), TBA UPCOMING RUNS Nov. 5 • Turkey Trot, Sevastopol Half-mile, 1, 2, and 4-mile runs

  • Overheards and Shoutouts

    “Oh, I can’t go out. I don’t have time to comb my mustache.”

  • Congratulations to Delmar Dahl

    Known and liked by all / Walks in footsteps of Jesus / Loves all in the Door

  • Colchagua Valley in Chile and Carménère

    This week we head back to Chile and focus on the Central Valley region, near the capital city of Santiago. The Central Valley or Valle Central consists of four sub regions: Maipo Valley, Rapel Valley, Curicَ Valley and the Maule Valley.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:16am

    Question: The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal eliminated 150 nautical miles from travelers headed from Green Bay to Chicago upon its completion. In which year did the canal open?

  • Article posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:15am

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Be wary of celebrating your birthday with clowns and a cake. Also, instead of a scoopful of ice cream, try a scoopful of sorrow at the passing of another year.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:12am

    Dear Mary Pat, I know that you write about tipping sometimes and that tips can range all over the board. However, I received a tip a couple of weeks ago that has me baffled.


    Pat Palmer, co-owner of Novel Ideas in Baileys Harbor, recently visited his favorite breakfast house, the Sandpiper, for one of the last times. Just for fun, he asked the waitress for an extra large blueberry pancake.

  • Riding with the Pumpkin Snatchers

    It’s nearing 10 pm on a blustery fall night when Colin, my boyfriend, and I park at Husby’s, looking for the pumpkin snatchers’ car. A truck signals in the dark, flashing its headlights twice, and we take our cue to climb in.

  • Removing Footnotes and Calculating Budgets

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 339

    People have been learning to cook since our ancient ancestors discovered fire, and most of us learn from somebody who knows how. I love this little poem by Daniel Nyikos of Utah, for its contemporary take on accepting directions from an elder, from two elders in this instance.

  • Place and Time

    A frosty New Year’s morning / favorite room, corner window / we watch the Calatrava salute / a new morning sun.

  • Door County Poet Profile: Jude Genereaux

    Any advice to beginning poets? Read a lot of poets, write everything that comes to mind, sort it all out later.

  • Timm Reads at Dickinson Poetry Series

    Door County poet, playwright and director Henry Timm will read his poetry at the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series November 9 at 7 pm. Timm has written in many poetic forms though he has probably been most influenced by his experience reading and acting Shakespeare and Ibsen.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."

  • And So It Goes; Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

    A trademark of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction is his use of authorial intrusions, often blurring the boundaries of fiction and autobiography. In his iconic Slaughterhouse-Five, for example, describing the toilet in the prisoner of war camp in Germany, Vonnegut writes: “An American near Billy wailed that he had excreted everything but his brains."

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    “Katie, you really shouldn’t do that,” Amber says, pulling out the stringy, sticky insides of a pumpkin. Tyler listens from the couch, biting into another slice of DiGiorno deluxe pizza while Casey pours more spiced rum in his apple cider.

  • Stingy Jack of the Lantern

    Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was an Irish blacksmith who was known throughout his town as Stingy Jack. One Halloween night, Stingy Jack was at the local pub and, as usual, he’d had more than enough to drink.

  • Knowledge Versus Belief and the Decline of Violence

    The National Science Board (the governing body of the National Science Foundation) has begun to wrestle with the difference between knowledge and belief.

  • The Millionaires Club

    245 The number of millionaires in Congress, including 66 of 100 Senators

  • Q &A – Questions and Artists – Wendie Thompson

    RR: What is your background in art? WT: No formal art education but I have been exposed to art of all kinds as a professional custom picture framer since high school. I have always had a wild creative side, and when I learned to paint I studied everything I could find and still am.

  • Wyatt’s Gallery Offers Diverse Products

    Photographer Peter L. Wyatt, owner of Wyatt's Gallery, a Door County fine art photography and action image studio, has produced prints, canvases and greeting cards on traditional fine art canvas, archival paper, film and/or other modern media materials that are currently available.

  • Making a Mark on Life

    Mona Barden of Ellison Bay will be exhibiting colored pencil renderings of flowers throughout November at the UU Gallery in Ephraim. A gallery reception will be held on Nov. 6 from 12 – 2 pm.

  • Sibilsky Exhibits “LOVE”

    Local sculptor Bren Sibilsky has been juried into the National Sculpture Society’s “LOVE” exhibition. The National Sculpture Society (NSS) was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America’s most prominent sculptors.

  • 30 Paintings in 30 Days at Door County’s PSA

    Seven artists will display their month-long dedication to creating a painting a day in the exhibition "30 Paintings / 30 Days" from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30 at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek.

  • Martinez Featured in New Milwaukee Showroom

    New in Milwaukee's 3rd Ward, the Domus Showroom features Wisconsin Interior Design Artisans and Craftsmen, including artwork, custom furniture, cabinetry and custom upholstered furniture.

  • Peace Posters on Display at Link Gallery

    The Link Gallery, located in the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek, will showcase Lion’s Club Peace Posters by Gibraltar Middle School students until Nov. 18.

  • Craft Cottage’s Winter Hours Begin

    Beginning Nov. 1, The Jacksonport Craft Cottage will be open from 9 am – 5 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April. Customers may also call ahead to stop in at anytime.

  • Comstock Donates To American Cancer Society

    Door County artist Jan Comstock donated an oil portrait to the highest bidder at the American Cancer Society’s “Birthday Bash” fundraiser. The oil on linen portrait can be of the bidder themselves or a loved one of their choice.

  • Silk, a Fitting Medium

    Base Camp Coffee Bar is currently featuring the artwork of Loba, who has been painting on silk for 20 years. Also a flutist, music and visual art have played equally important roles in her evolution as an artist.

  • Cellcom Presents Green Gift to Whitefish Dunes and Ridges Sanctuary

    • Cellcom presented The Ridges Sanctuary a green gift of $1,500 and Whitefish Dunes State Park a green gift of $2,500. The Ridges Sanctuary will use the gift to support their “No Family Left Inside” programs.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:56pm

    The newest cat to be granted lobby-roving privileges is Trillby from Forestville. With an emphasis on the “tri” in her name, Trillby is now a three-legged tortoiseshell.

  • Clearing the Park

    When the call came to help clear a beech tree that had fallen on a deer enclosure cage in Peninsula State Park, volunteers (left to right) Bill Schaars, Jon Viste, Gail Anderson, Jo Schaars, Pat Arnold, Jim Arnold, and Nick Anderson were quick to respond.

  • Music & Arts School of Door County Kicks Off Salsa Series

    The Music & Arts School of Door County will host a Beginner Salsa Series of workshops beginning Nov. 7. Partners are not required to participate. The series will consist of four progressive group lessons, held every Monday at 7:30 pm for four weeks.

  • Gibraltar Talks Hosts “An Immigrants Journey” with Jody Figgins

    The Gibraltar Historical Association of Fish Creek will close the Gibraltar Talk Series with its final history program, “An Immigrant’s Journey,” on Nov. 11.

  • Sister Bay Lions Hosts Children’s Halloween Party

    The Sister Bay Lions are again sponsoring the annual Halloween Party for the little goblins at the Sister Bay Fire Station on Oct. 31 beginning at 6 pm.

  • Dance Like Fred and Ginger at YMCA’s “Dance Hall Days”

    The Door County YMCA will host their first “Dance Hall Days” event, bringing back the steps of Fred and Ginger with an evening of dancing at the Northern Door Program Center on Nov. 4.

  • Jack O’ Lanterns Blaze at Hands On

    On October 28 and 29, in conjunction with Jack O’ Lantern Days in downtown Fish Creek, Hands On Art Studio is presenting the 1st Annual Jack O’ Lantern Blaze – a pumpkin carving event ending in a lighting ceremony.

  • Lingering Migratory Songbirds

    This day, Oct. 11, is one to remember. It’s 72 degrees F outside, sunny, and colorful leaves are falling, Wood Wasps are buzzing in all directions and a Monarch Butterfly is feasting on nectar at one of the tall zinnias near our house.

  • Women With Spirit

    On Nov. 11, The Community’s Garden and the Art of Music National Tours will be collaborating on an event called “Women With Spirit: An Evening of Outstanding Music and Amazing Food."

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Features “Shirley Valentine”

    Third Avenue Playhouse will present Shirley Valentine Nov. 4 – 6 and 11 – 13. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 pm with Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Two Free Concerts

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host two free concerts this fall. The first concert will be held Oct. 30 at 1:30 pm and will feature the music of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt in celebration of the bicentennial of his birth and the annual return of Lawrence piano students.

  • Club Jazz at Birch Creek

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will hold a Club Jazz concert on Nov. 3 in Juniper Hall near Egg Harbor. The concert will feature a duo of Birch Creek jazz faculty members including Reggie Thomas on piano and Rick Haydon on guitar.

  • James Valcq Adds a Wealth of Experience and Some Fresh Air to TAP

    James Valcq, the new Managing Director at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), brings a wealth of experience from both Door County’s theaters and New York’s.

  • Fish Creek Hosts Annual Jack-O-Lantern Days

    A hometown Halloween celebration is in store for Fish Creek’s annual Jack-O-Lantern Days, October 28 – 30. The fun-filled weekend highlights will include mask making for kids, pumpkin carvings, a Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, and costume parties for both kids and adults.

  • Various Programs at Crossroads

    Oct. 28 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, the Crossroads will host a Cross-Generational Class entitled "Digital Nature." Instructor Stephen Kastner will show participants how to capture images of nature using digital photography and how to share images using the Internet.

  • Canine Costume Contest in Egg Harbor

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters of Egg Harbor will be the site of a Canine Costume Contest on Oct. 29. Festivities will begin at 1 pm, with a costume parade and judging at 2 pm.

  • Door County Half Marathon Registration Opens Nov. 1

    Registration for the 5th annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k will open Tuesday, Nov. 1. Both races filled to capacity in 2011, so runners are encouraged to sign up early to secure a spot for the run in Peninsula State Park.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:42am

    • New Owners at the Sister Bay General Store. Terry Wurster and Linda Hedeen Wurster are pleased to announce they have taken the plunge and acquired the former Door County Co Op.

  • Administrator Says Highway Provisions Not Likely to Save Taxpayers Money

    Count Sturgeon Bay Administrator Steve McNeil among those wondering how the new rules restricting the work that county highway departments are allowed to do will save money for city taxpayers.

  • Aaron Schneider Doubles Down in Century Pursuit

    The sun was long gone when Aaron Schneider made the turn into Sunset Park toward the finish line of the Fall 50 Saturday night, just as it was when he started his run in the same spot the night before.

  • YMCA Offers Water Safety Program Sunday

    The Door County YMCA is offering a free opportunity for local youth to learn crucial skills that will help them be safe in and around our local waters at a Community Water Safety Program.

  • Why Weak Trees Still Stand

    Reader Sue Krause checked in with a good question after the recent spat of high winds in Door County: "Northern Door is studded with the corpses of dead Lombardy poplar trees," she noted, referring to

  • The Indefinable Party of Howard Fishman

    Howard Fishman brings his genre-bending sound to the Door Community Auditorium Oct. 28.