Volume 18 Issue 13 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    With another night in the books, Nicolet Beach Concessions remains atop the leader board with an 18-3 record.

  • Serving Wine Well

    I walked into a high-end restaurant in Sturgeon Bay and asked the bartender what wine he would recommend. “I don’t know. I don’t drink wine.” At a restaurant’s bar in Ellison Bay recently the wine had turned to vinegar, but the bartender didn’t seem to have a clue and put it back on the shelf after giving us a taste.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The Sevastopol Board of Supervisors will be having a special meeting on June 25 at 5 pm to award contracts for the town’s 2012 roadwork. Bids from the Door County Highway Department and Northeast Asphalt were accepted at the board’s June 18 meeting.

  • Meeting Housing Needs in Sturgeon Bay

    For Scott and Stephanie Whitley, moving to Sturgeon Bay has been quite the journey. The couple married here, in the backyard of Stephanie’s parents’ house, but over the past four years they’ve lived in Minneapolis, Chicago, Des Moines, and Appleton, all the while hoping that they could eventually call Sturgeon Bay home.

  • Sporting Heritage Bill Opens State Parks for All Seasons

    Starting January 1, 2013, hunting, fishing and trapping will be allowed in all Wisconsin state parks, thanks to Wisconsin Act 168.

  • Corner of Past Hosts Farmers Market

    The Corner of the Past Museum is opening another season of the popular Farmers Market hosted by the Sister Bay Historical Society. The market returns on June 23 from 8 am until noon.

  • The Ridges Sanctuary Recognized with Land Trust Pioneer Award

    Gathering Waters Conservancy has selected The Ridges Sanctuary to receive the Harold “Bud” Jordahl Land Trust Pioneer Award.

  • Over 1,100 Take In 1st Annual Door County Beer Festival

    The first Door County Beer Festival sent people home from Baileys Harbor buzzing Saturday, June 16. Over 1,100 people flooded the grounds of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall Park for a day celebrating craft beers, local food, and some of the latest innovations in brewing and local agriculture.

  • Warming Temperatures Could Mean Changes for Door County Fishing

    The springtime sucker run means a lot to rainbow trout, caddisflies and some local anglers. But as temperatures continue to change, so could the timing.

  • Grand View Preserved Forever

    The view from the top of the hill on Highway 42 near Ellison Bay is a popular Door County sight, one that has long been private – until now. After over three years of fundraising, grant writing and negotiating the Door County Land Trust purchased 16 acres of the Grand View property.

  • Dog-Gone Good Time Officially Opens in Egg Harbor

    With the new Harbor Hounds Dog Park, Man’s Best Friends now have a reason to enjoy Egg Harbor as much as their owners. And it’s a dog-gone good time. “We invite anyone, visitor or resident, to come down and bring their dogs,” said Nancy Fisher, Egg Harbor village president and Door County Humane Society program coordinator.

  • Field of Dreams Tournament Comes to Door County

    Door County is commonly recognized as a one of the top travel destinations in the United States. However, Marcello Falcone thinks the rest of Wisconsin still needs to get on board.

  • Silent Sports Getting Louder in Door County

    The popularity of silent sports niche continues to grow on the Door County peninsula. Last weekend’s Ride for Nature, a bicycle ride to benefit the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, attracted a record 734 participants who pushed through gusting winds to complete routes of 15 – 100 miles.

  • DC Wave Undefeated

    The DC Wave U14 boys soccer team is undefeated in their season so far with a record of 7 – 0. Tryouts for the 2012-2013 season will be held on June 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay High School soccer fields.

  • Running Green Routes Announced

    Running Green for Crossroads is scheduled for June 23 at 9 am and offers three routes to accommodate all running levels. The 1.24-mile walk/run is a scenic loop that takes walkers/runners along the gravel and wood chipped trails around Hauser’s Pond, through the coniferous woods, over Big Creek, and through the pine plantation.

  • 2012 Nor-Door Little League

    Standings, results and schedule for Nor-Door Little League

  • Door County League Baseball

    By delivering the Sister Bay Bays their first loss of the season, the Egg Harbor Indians are now tied for first in regular season Door County League play.

  • Moving On

    I paid for the pizza. I had to, after all, the only reason my boss Dave Eliot and I were still at the office at 9 pm on a Friday night in April was because of my mistake.

  • Factors that Encourage Creativity

    I do some of my best thinking in the shower. For whatever reason, the sensation of water impacting my head and cascading down my body to my toes seems to stimulate some of my most creative problem solving ideas.

  • Planting by Signs

    Planting by the stars and moon phase has an ancient tradition for agriculture. The much heralded alignment of Stonehenge to spring solstice as well as alignments of native mounds and configured rocks around the world are often affixed to some mysterious spell of our ancestors; a hocus-pocus connection to the spirit world that is in fact more science-based than of occult divination.

  • “Verse and Vision II” Features Door County Poets

    Last fall, more than 250 poems from all over the state were entered into Stevens Point’s Gallery Q’s “Verse and Vision” contest, including three poems from three Door County poets – Loraine Brink, Sharon Auberle, and Francha Barnard.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 362

    Sara Ries is a poet from Buffalo, N.Y., whose parents run a diner. Here’s one of her delightful poems about family life for a short order cook.

  • This Summer, Harness Some Wind Power – with a Kite

    Fish Creek Kite Company owners Toby Schlick and Val Murre-Schlick know full well that kite flying isn’t just for kids. They have an incredible range of kites packed into their little shop.

  • Three Writers Bring Historic Era of Door County Cherry Picking to Life

    The excitement radiating from Katie Dahl, Emilie Coulson, and James Valcq is palpable on opening night of American Folklore Theatre’s (AFT) production of Victory Farm.

  • Birch Creek Legend to Retire: O’Connor’s Career is Pantastic!

    Imagine realizing your true passion early in your career, striving to live your dream and finding avenues and opportunities along the way to help you fulfill that dream, over time, instilling your dream in the minds of people who become new allies and help move your now shared dream to reality.

  • Brandi Carlile Returns to Door County with The Lumineers

    “I’m so psyched! I love seeing the name Fish Creek on my tour list – really cracks me up, sounds like a place I would build a house,” says Brandi Carlile reflecting on her return to Door County.

  • Have a Taste of Island Orchard Cider

    With a steady hand, Mike Bahrke, sample purveyor and employee of Island Orchard Cider, pours crisp, golden cider – hard cider that is – in small clear glasses lined up one beside the other.

  • Bring the Color Back: Sarah Koehler

    “I love making you feel like you are there, like you can put your feet in the water,” Sarah Koehler comments on her painting and photography sitting at a bar table in the Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub.

  • Colony Collapse Disorder and the Giant Animal Hall of Fame

    • Since 2006, large numbers of honeybees have died for no apparent reason. Bees are valued, of course, as producers of honey, but their greater importance is their role in pollinating many of the planet’s crops.

  • More on Defining ‘Township’

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • A special reminder that the dedication of the Grand View Park will be this Saturday, June 23 at 4 pm during Olde Ellison Bay Days.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:36pm

    The eyes have it, and these two available cats are expressing their personalities in just that way. Black & white male Tony has roused himself enough to peak out one eye; he can often be found napping in the shelter lobby.

  • Strong Kids Campaign Exceeds Goal

    The Door County YMCA’s annual Strong Kids Campaign came to end on May 31 having raised more than $462,000, exceeding the goal of $450,000. “We are deeply thankful for the generosity of spirit that makes it possible for all area residents to be members of the Y,” said Dan Powell, CEO of the Door County Y.

  • Wellness Center Educational Programs Reach 500 Door County Students

    The Wellness Center of Door County announced that their educational outreach programs during the 2012-2013 school year reached more than 500 local middle and high school students.

  • Unity Seeking Volunteers

    Unity is looking for volunteers to be a friendly face, a social visitor or even someone to provide a brief break for caregivers. An orientation day will be held on July 11 in a central location for Unity’s service area (De Pere) to allow individuals throughout Northeast Wisconsin to come together to learn and interact.

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Announces July 4th Fireworks at Sunset Park

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center announces their annual fireworks show will be held July 4 at Sunset Park with music, food and refreshments. Festivities start at 5 pm with brats and burgers served by the Pioneer Firemen and children’s bounce houses.

  • Bloody “Merrys” Served at Olde Ellison Bay Days

    Tom and Beth Liechty will create Bloody “Merrys” at the Door County Secret Santa booth at Olde Ellison Bay Days on June 23, beginning at 10 am. The cost is $5 with all proceeds to benefit Door County Secret Santa; donations are also accepted.

  • Ephraim Moravian Church Hosts John Hus Festival

    The John Hus Festival at Ephraim Moravian Church is a celebration of the life of John Hus, and is set for July 6 at 7 pm. The program will feature music from the Ephraim, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay Moravian Churches’ choirs, scripture, a meditation on the life of John Hus and a Moment for Mission (New York City youth mission).

  • Jacksonport Historical Society Holds Annual Meeting

    The Jacksonport Historical Society Annual Meeting will be June 27 at Mr. G's Logan Creek Grille in Jacksonport. Speakers for the evening are Andy Ebel, great grandson of Joseph and Martha Loritz, and Patrick Ramsey of Ramsey Jones Architects.

  • Farm Service Agency Reminders

    Producers are reminded to submit their annual acreage report to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office by July 15 to meet FSA program eligibility requirements.

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation Presents “Civil War on the Homefront”

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation presents the Children’s Encounter with History program, “Civil War on the Homefront” on June 27 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Anderson Barn History Center.

  • Ellison Bay Service Club Readies for Summer Festivals

    The Ellison Bay Service Club has busily prepared for summer festivals by setting up flags and a kiosk. Club members placed American flags along Highway 42 from Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park to Baylake Bank for Olde Ellison Bay Days and Independence Day.

  • CHIPs Program Continues at YMCA

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) with the latest series of presentations covering "Your Mind, Your Memory and More.

  • Algoma High School Band Fundraiser at Legion Park

    The Algoma High School Band and Algoma Community Band will perform at Legion Park in Algoma on July 1 from 4 – 6 pm. The community band is helping the band students raise money for their upcoming 2013 Florida band trip.

  • Allen Feldman Returns to Wisconsin Cheese Masters

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters of Egg Harbor announce the return of Allen Feldman. Feldman says, “When you’re in the fabulous peaceful paradise of Door County, you must visit the fantastic cheese shop of Wisconsin Cheese Masters, for the fabulous cheeses of Wisconsin!” Wisconsin Cheese Masters offers the finest all-Wisconsin artisanal, farmstead award-winning cheeses.

  • Sister Bay’s Expanded Marina Offers Numerous Waterfront Activities

    Sister Bay’s newly expanded marina and park is home to multiple vendors offering a wide array of waterfront activities for both tourists and residents.

  • Artists Guild LLC and Small World Market LLC Relocate Under One Roof

    Jeff and Sarah Bradley announce their recent purchase of the Harmann Building in Sturgeon Bay. The couple plans to relocate their two existing businesses, Artists Guild LLC and Small World Market LLC, into the building.

  • A Closer Look at The Orchards Golf Course

    The game of golf attracts players with skill sets that range from shooting for par, to bogey-golf, to merely hoping the ball remains visible as it heads for the trees.

  • A Round for The Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary's "A 'Round for The Ridges" will be held on July 8 at the Alpine Golf Course in Egg Harbor. The 9-hole scramble starts at 3 pm on the Blue Course.

  • Grand Scandia Golf Benefit

    Good Samaritan Scandia Village will host the seventeenth annual Grand Scandia Golf Benefit at Peninsula State Park Golf Course on July 15. This outing includes 18-holes of golf with a cart, prizes and a dinner at Alexander's Restaurant.

  • Golf League Results

    Recent golf league results from around the county.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:39am

    Dear Miss Manners, How do you politely tell someone that their zipper is down? It seems like such an embarrassing situation for everyone involved – a little advice would be great.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:33am

    Cancer (June 22 – July 22): The time is ripe to take a chance. Don’t let those caution signs along the side of the road permeate your non-driving dilemmas.

  • Four Vines Zinfandel Amador County Maverick 2009

    Up in the Sierra Foothills, at elevations from 2000 to 3000 feet is a small area where some popular robust Zinfandels come from. The soils here are made up of decomposed granite and finely crushed volcanic rock.

  • The Cheese Insider

    People always ask why some cheddar cheese is yellow or orange. I know what you’re thinking… “Yuck, it must be orange because the cheese maker added some awful articial coloring that is surely dangerous to your health,” right? Well there are certain artificial cheeses where that is the case, including the “stuff” sold as cheese that comes out of a can, and isn’t really cheese.

  • Woodwalk Welcomes Sons of the Never Wrong and Patchouli to Concert Series

    Jeanne Kuhns’ Woodwalk Concert Series announces the start of the series on June 22 with Sons Of the Never Wrong. Sons of the Never Wrong are a Chicago band that skews the notion of three-part harmony.

  • Michael Johnson Performing at TAP

    Singer/Songwriter Michael Johnson makes his first Door County appearance in several years at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on June 23. He last performed on the peninsula as part of the White Gull Inn's Winter Concert Series in Fish Creek.

  • Peg Egan Performing Art Center’s Sunset Concert Series Features Willy Porter

    Willy Porter, distinctive guitarist and songwriter, will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Art Center’s Sunset Concert Series on June 24 at 7 pm.

  • Emmylou Harris Performs at the Door Community Auditorium

    12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris comes to Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on June 26 at 7 pm to perform songs from her distinguished career.

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Continues with the Music of German Romantics

    Midsummer’s Music Festival will perform the third program of the festival, German Romantics. This program features the music of Robert Kahn (1865-1951), Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907), and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).

  • “Opus” Explores the Relationships between Musicians and Music

    Peninsula Players will perform Opus by Michael Hollinger through June 24. Elliot, Carl, Alan and Dorian are members of a high-profile string quartet that has have been playing together for years.

  • Second City Improv Workshop at Peg Egan Performing Arts Center

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor will offer an improvisation workshop featuring Chicago’s Second City’s Improv team on July 22. This class is a great way to learn concentration, focus, unity, spontaneity, creativity, and trial & error.

  • Door Shakespeare’s 2012 Season Features “As You Like It” and “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged!)”

    William Shakespeare will make a giant leap through time this year, as Door Shakespeare sets its 2012 season of As You Like It in the Roaring Twenties era.

  • The Sister Bay Historical Society Celebrates “Victory Farm” at Annual Meeting

    The process of how historical facts are transformed into musical entertainment by American Folklore Theatre (AFT) will be the topic of the Annual Meeting of the Sister Bay Historical Society on June 27 at 7 pm.

  • DCMM Opens Great Lakes Pirate Exhibit

    A new exhibit chronicling the life and times of Great Lakes pirate “Roaring Dan” Seavey is now open at the Door County Maritime Museum’s northern facility in Gills Rock.

  • Dennis Hale Presents “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor”

    Dennis Hale, author of Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor, returns to Door County to present on June 22 in response to a popular appearance in Sturgeon Bay in 2011.

  • Door County Folk Alliance Sponsors Barn Dance

    The Door County Folk Alliance will sponsor a barn dance on June 23 from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Sugar on the Floor Barn Dance Orchestra will provide the music, and Tim Jenkins, caller, will teach the dances, so experience is not necessary.

  • “The History of Agriculture in Door County” Featured in Crossroads’ Village Series

    At Crossroads at Big Creek on June 24, the Sunday at The Village Series features George Evenson and “The History of Agriculture in Door County.” According to Evenson, “The history of agriculture in Door County is a history of change.

  • Congratulations Hans Koyen

    Some young folks spend all their early years, Just “waitin” for a time they can get away. This week’s server, Hans, did just that. But now he’s back on the Island, (in unison now) – Hooray! Tried for a while in Appleton; At a well respected culinary school.

  • Article posted Monday, June 18, 2012 2:16pm

    The Cupola House is one of Egg Harbor’s landmarks. When was it built, and by who?

  • Overheard, Shout Outs and Pet Peeves

    Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?


    Three-year-old Brynn Sauer of Hartford, Wisconsin, blows the seeds off a fuzzy dandelion during a beautiful sunset in Ephraim.

  • First Annual Terry Simon Memorial at Thunderhill Raceway

    On June 23 at Thunderhill Raceway, the 1st Annual Terry Simon Memorial, sponsored by Wicked Witch Enterprise, will be held. Terry and Darline Simon are long time fans of area racing.

  • Family Nature Investigations Held at The Ridges Sanctuary

    Family fun continues at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor on June 25 with “A Boreal Forest Quest.” As part of The Ridges No Family Left Inside series (supported by Cellcom’s Green Gifts Program), families can set out on a quest.

  • Renaissance Faire Returns with Royals and Rogues

    The Door County Renaissance Development Group, Inc. is preparing for its 3rd Annual Renaissance Faire. Favorite performers such as the Noble Cause Jousters, Juggling Gypsy Geoff, and 3 Pints Gone will return along with Queen Catherine, King Edward and their Royal Court.

  • Fuel & Boating Seminar Offered by Door County Sail & Power Squadron

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron is offering the second seminar, Fuel & Boating, in their Seminar Series on June 30 from 9 – 11 am. This seminar teaches students the issues and problems involved in the handling of gasoline and diesel fuel and how these issues relate to boating.

  • “Nature, Rhythm, Stars & Things That Fly” at Bjِrklunden

    From July 15 – July 20, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering the seminar “Nature, Rhythm, Stars & Things That Fly” with David Stokes and Tom Gill.

  • Olde Ellison Bay Days Highlights Grand View Park

    2012 Olde Ellison Bay Days will be held June 22 – 24, and the festival highlights the acquisition of the 16-acre Ellison Bay vista, “The Grand View,” by the Door County Land Trust.

  • Albino Birds

    Our good friend Margaret from Southern Door contacted us recently to report a partial albino Red-winged Blackbird, something that is rarely reported or seen.

  • Artistic Journey to Abstraction

    The Door County Art League’s (DCAL) monthly meeting on June 25 will feature Marjorie Mau, who will present a retrospective of her artistic journey, as demonstrated by her current series of paintings: Stacked Planes – The Orchards.

  • “You’re the Star” Flipbook Event at PSA

    Peninsula School of Art (PSA) invites the public to participate in “You're the Star,” a free flipbook celebration, on July 6 from 3 – 5 pm. Short videos will be made by the school staff – with attendees as the "stars" – and then printed onto paper as still images.

  • Teapots, Mosaics and Mixed Media

    Off the Wheel Pottery will host an opening reception for a new show on June 28 from 5 – 8 pm. Mosaics by Cynthia Board, mixed media and whimsical paintings by Donna Sniadanko, and teapots by Renee’ Schwaller will be featured.

  • Handcrafted Lighthouses Featured at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage has a new style of handcrafted lighthouses available this season. The new solar model is four-feet high and is handcrafted by the Amish from recycled plastic.

  • Nighttime Painting Featured at The Flying Pig

    The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace currently has the nighttime paintings of Wisconsin native Jason Prigge on display. Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, Prigge discovered the beauty of the ever-changing Midwest atmosphere.

  • Moutray and Siles are Artists of the Week

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery will showcase the artwork of Denny Moutray and Madonna Siles as artists of the week, June 24 – July 1. Moutray photographs nature, landscapes and intriguing abandoned buildings.

  • Reading the Ridges II

    The beautiful landscapes, wildflowers and wildlife of The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor have inspired writers and artists for over 75 years. Reading the Ridges II, opening July 1 in the Link Gallery of the Door Community Auditorium, is an invitational art exhibit of original work inspired by The Ridges Sanctuary or The Ridges at Logan Creek.

  • Door Prize for Portraiture Exhibit Opens at Chez Cheryl

    The third annual Door Prize for Portraiture will open June 29 at Chez Cheryl Art Space in Baileys Harbor. This exhibit includes 21 regional artists working in a variety of media including collage, photography, sculptural formants, drawing, pastels and painting with oil and acrylic.

  • Cynthia Kraack Releases “Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037”

    Award-winning author Cynthia Kraack is celebrating the June release of her new novel, Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037. This is the second book in the Ashwood trilogy series; it explores social issues from contemporary culture in a different future.

  • “Christmas Tree Ship Conversation” at DCMM

    Best-selling author and storyteller Rochelle Pennington will host a “Christmas Tree Ship Conversation” on June 24 at 2 pm at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Evenings in Ephraim Boasts Eclectic Music Line Up

    Ephraim announces the sixth season of their Evenings in Ephraim summer concert series taking place on Monday nights, until August 20. Harborside Park hosts an eclectic music line up highlighting local and regional musicians with free concerts open to the public from 7 – 9 pm.

  • Schools Put Reforms into Practice

    As this school year closes and students gear up for summer, teachers and administrators will begin tackling the implementation of the contract negotiation changes brought about by Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10.

  • Against the Wind

    New statewide wind turbine siting rules created by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission finally went into effect March 16 after years of discussion, but opponents of wind power say the rules don’t go far enough to protect property values and public health.

  • Training Pays Off in Kayaker Rescue

    It was noon on June 8 when Brody Kidd saw a group of kayakers and canoers struggling in the water near Cave Point County Park. Even after four years guiding for Door County Kayak Tours, he had never seen anything like this.

  • From Anecdotes to Opportunities

    The Door County Coastal Byway (DCCB) committee is one step closer to developing a master plan that will shape how visitors experience the 66-mile loop along Highway 42/57 after hearing residents personal stories and anecdotes.

  • What Happened in Door County

    • At its June 7 meeting, the Sister Bay Plan Commission discussed the possibility of allowing the sale of the Sister Bay Business Center to be used as space for retail, office, light manufacturing and a community kitchen.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The Sevastopol School Board will likely be asking Sevastopol residents to approve a new revenue limit override referendum in April. The override will allow the school to exceed state-imposed limits on the amount of funds it can raise through property taxes.