Volume 20, Issue 24 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Calling All Pie Bakers

    Calling all pie bakers – enter a prize-winning fruit pie in the Olde Ellison Bay Days Pie Baking Contest. Pick up an entry form and two pie tins at Pioneer Store or Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay, Sweetie Pies in Fish Creek, The Cookbook in Sister Bay or the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop in Egg Harbor.

  • Door County Named Top Retirement Destination

    Door County has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.

  • History of Clark Lake Discussed at JHS Meeting

    The Jacksonport Historical Society will revisit Clark Lake on June 25 at 7 pm at the Jacksonport Town Hall. Come and learn about the people and places of Clark Lake from 1880 to the mid-1940s.

  • Time for Spuds n’ Splits

    Spuds n’ Splits is set for June 28 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor at 6 pm. Enjoy a baked potato with a choice of toppings, a make-your-own banana split or ice cream sundae, and listen to live music provided by the Praise Band.

  • Preventing and Treating Diabetes

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) on June 22 at 4 pm with “Preventing and Treating Type 2 Diabetes” at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • St. Benedict Seminar at Church of Atonement

    The Rev. Gary B. Manning will lead a seminar titled “Giving Up the Narrative of Decline: Learnings from the Rule of St. Benedict” on June 25 at 7 pm at the Church of Atonement in Fish Creek.

  • World Marketplace Preview Sale on June 28

    World Marketplace, an outreach program of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, will open and host a preview sale at the church on June 28 during the spaghetti dinner marking the opening of this year’s Olde Ellison Bay Day celebration.

  • Photos Wanted of Barn Quilt Photos

    The Door County Barn Quilt Project is looking for photos of the beautiful quilts around the county. Photos can be entered into fall, winter, spring or summer categories and will be split into two divisions: adults (19 and older) or youth (18 and younger).

  • Grant Awarded to Restore Hanson House

    The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded the Door County Historical Society grants from the Historic Preservation Fund and the Cliff & Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation Fund to support the Hanson House Restoration project.

  • Sophia Hagen Awarded Cellcom Scholarship

    Cellcom has selected 16 graduating high school seniors from across its service area to receive $750 scholarships, including Sophia Hagen from Washington Island High School.

  • Open House at The Garden Door

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will hold an open house on July 12, 11 am – 2 pm, at The Garden Door to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this free public garden.

  • Brat Fry for Open Door Bird Sanctuary

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary will host a brat fry on July 4 and 6 at the BP gas station in Valmy as a way to raise money for much-needed projects. There are three ways to help: volunteer to work two-hour shifts (the stand will be open from 9 am to 5 pm each day), spread the word to let people know about the brat fry, and stop by the stand to enjoy some food and help raise money for the sanctuary.

  • Nine Student Builders Complete DKBEP Project

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) honored the achievements of nine area youth at an open house on June 11 for the 7th Annual DKBEP High School Home Construction Program.

  • Sturgeon Bay Lions Donate to Sunshine House

    New Lion Joe Timmers and Sturgeon Bay Lion President Carol Pflieger presented a $500 check to Jim Meyers of the Sunshine House. The funds are derived from the Sturgeon Bay Lions Charity Budget for 2013-14.

  • A Call to Concert Sponsorship

    A limited number of concert sponsorships remain available for Birch Creek’s 2014 season. Sponsoring a concert demonstrates an appreciation for the growth and development of the aspiring musicians at Birch Creek, and sponsors are rewarded for their generosity.

  • Moravian Church Choir Concert

    The united choirs of Ephraim Moravian, Sister Bay Moravian and Sturgeon Bay Moravian Churches will present a Moravian Music Concert at the Ephraim Moravian Church (9970 Moravia Street, Ephraim) on June 27 at 7 pm.

  • Free Mouthguard Day at DC Dental

    Door County Dental Care, located in Sturgeon Bay, is hosting its 6th Annual Free Mouthguard Day on July 24 starting at 1 pm. All area student athletes are invited to receive a free custom-fit, team color-coordinated mouthguard.

  • Stage Door Theatre Opens for a New Season

    Stage Door Theatre Company presents the opening play of the 2014/2015 summer/fall season – Talley’s Folley, a romantic comedy by Lanford Wilson. The play runs July 2 – 25 and features Drew Brhel and Amy Ensign.

  • Door County Trolley Now Offers Classic Beer Tour

    The Door County Trolley is adding a new tour for the 2014 season: the Classic Beer Tour. Guests will be navigated to three unique Door County beer destinations with beer tastings at each location and an appetizer pairing at Mojo Rosa’s Restaurant in Egg Harbor.

  • Insight Hires Sturgeon Bay Native

    Insight Creative, Inc. recently hired Zane Statz as a designer/web programmer to help expand their creative team and meet the needs of their growing client base.

  • WPT to Record Birch Creek Concert

    With its high-definition, 36-foot mobile production truck, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will record the Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band concert on June 28, and the Symphony concert on July 3.

  • Baylake Corp. Added to ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index

    Baylake Corp. (NASDAQ:BYLK), holding company for Baylake Bank, recently announced the company has been added to the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index. Launched in 2003, the Index currently tracks the performance of approximately 374 community banks with a total market capitalization of approximately $175 billion.

  • A Little “Night” Music

    Birch Creek and the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) are once again partnering for the Night Sky Viewing event, which follows the Hot Nights/Cool Jazz Percussion and Steel Band concert on June 25 (rain date is June 26).

  • A New Festival is Born in Northern Door

    Door County North recently announced the Door Peninsula's first county-wide food and wine festival, Uncork Summer, scheduled for June 28 during Olde Ellison Bay Days.

  • Celebrating the Solstice

    The end of June is approaching, and the longest day of the year calls for a celebration. Join a Ridges naturalist for a Solstice Walk on June 20 at 8 pm.

  • Sing-a-longs and Storytime in the Park

    Join campfire sing-a-long champ Don Makuen and storytelling wiz-kid Charles Dickson for an hour of songs and legends on June 23, 8 – 9 pm, at the Peninsula State Park Nature Center.

  • Family Programs Begin Again

    The presence of Emerald Ash Borer was recently confirmed in Door County. On June 24 at 1 pm, partners from DATCP, DNR, UW-Extension, and the USDA Forest Service Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will present an informational meeting on the Emerald Ash Borer in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • Open House at the Ephraim Yacht Club

    The Ephraim Yacht Club will host an open house for prospective members on June 21, 2 – 4:30 pm. The open house will feature a short presentation and walking tour, and free sailboat rides for adults.

  • Ministry Door County Medical Center Announces its Concert Series Line-Up

    Ministry Door County Medical Center announces its free concert series Music in the Gardens, beginning July 8. Featured national touring acts for July include: • July 8 – Baskery.

  • Free Ride

    As part of the ongoing “Ride Free” Green Bicycle Campaign in Ellison Bay, Liberty Grove’s business association, Door County North, has partnered with Mills Fleet Farm to add four new Northwoods bikes to the existing fleet of bikes available at the Ellison Bay visitor booth.

  • Get to Know Your Streams

    Wisconsin has more than 80,000 miles of streams and now there’s a comprehensive, photo-packed guide unlocking the secrets of the plants, fishes, insects, frogs and reptiles that call them home.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:31am

    How many tons of antibiotics are consumed in the U.S. every day? Here are your choices: 20 tons? 30 tons? 50 tons? Did you guess 50 tons? Actually, every day 51 tons of antibiotics are consumed, with about 80 percent going into livestock production.

  • A Capella Concert at the Peg Egan PAC

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) presents The Nylons on June 29. The Nylons are an a cappella group founded in 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada best known for their covers of pop songs such as “Happy Together,” “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

  • The Climate Corner

    The brutal winter of 2013-14 is over and water levels are up in the Great Lakes. Is everything returning to normal? We’d prefer to be able to say yes, but we know we are in the midst of significant change.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:23am

    Tucker typifies all the best a Labrador Retriever has to offer a family: exuberance, loyalty, devotion and excitement about any proposed activity. Tucker celebrated his fifth birthday with us last week (and, yes, there was a special chew toy to recognize the day).

  • Musical Variety at the DCA

    On June 26, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring their joyful brand of Louisiana jazz to Door Community Auditorium (DCA). Since 1961, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has sustained and expanded the rich tradition of jazz that permeates life in the Crescent City.

  • In Memoriam: Arbutus Greenfeldt, Door County’s First Woman Town Chairperson

    Washington Island will miss a remarkable Islander with the passing of Arbutus Greenfeldt. Greenfeldt, 93, died at her home June 4, 2014. She served her family, church and community in extraordinary fashion throughout her years.

  • Gay Marriages on Hold

    Last week’s report of Door County’s first same-sex marriage was premature. Longtime partners Ann Rifenberg and Barb Zahn were the first to apply for a marriage license when U.

  • EMS Director to County: Six More Paramedics Needed

    In his first State of Door County Emergency Services Report, Emergency Services Director Dan Williams recommends, “an immediate addition to the 2015 Budget for the hiring of six full-time paramedics to be added to the Sturgeon Bay station.

  • Life Notes

    As a free public service to our readers, the Peninsula Pulse presents Life Notes, devoted to the notable milestones in life, from birth to significant birthdays to engagements, weddings and deaths. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Send submissions to [email protected]. The Pulse reserves the right to edit submissions to conform to space. Call 920.839.2121 for details.

  • Michael P. Smith Kicks Off the Woodwalk Concert Series

    The 2014 Woodwalk Concert Series opens with Chicago songwriting icon, Michael P. Smith, on June 20 at 7 pm. Smith has been singing and composing songs since the 1960s and is best known for writing “The Dutchman” which was popularized by Steve Goodman and recorded by many, including the Kingston Trio.

  • Driving Out the Winter Witch

    In 1965, a group of Ephraim business people gathered at Henry and Jane Shea’s Village Green Motel to discuss a proposal from Tom and Mally Mayhew that the village sponsor a festival to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve.

  • Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Called

    Want to know more about the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that was confirmed in Door County on June 10? State and county officials are gathering from 1 to 3 pm on Tuesday, June 24, to discuss the insect and what it means to Door County now that it has arrived.

  • Finding Inner Balance with The Spa at Scared Grounds

    The Spa at Sacred Grounds will host a Chakra Balancing Workshop on June 28, 10 am – 12:30 pm. This workshop is designed to introduce students to the chakra system, the seven major energy centers in the body that influence overall emotional, physical and spiritual health.

  • Intolerance, Freedom and Our Future

    It is late and I am struggling with words. How does one find a way to explain? Explain what, you may ask. Explain how one man’s intolerance harms another.

  • Older and Wiser: A Parent-Child Story

    This column will explore various aspects of aging. Some pieces will be mostly factual – for example, considering different types of senior-oriented housing or the basics of Family Care.

  • Kids Hone Their Culinary Skills

    Door County kids can hone their culinary skills at the Top Chef Tech Camp June 23-24 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay. The hands-on summer camp runs daily from 9 am – 3 pm and is open to students entering grades 5-8.

  • Emerald Ash Borer

    The adult Emerald Ash Borer is a metallic green insect that is native to Asia and eastern Russia. The exotic pest was first discovered in the United States near Detroit, Mich.

  • Get Ready for Swim Season

    As swim season approaches, the Door County YMCA encourages children and parents in Door County to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind.

  • You Can Dance If You Want To

    The grand opening of Frozen Spoon on in Sturgeon Bay will be celebrated with the “Glo-Yo” Fun Run on June 26 at 8:15 pm. This is an untimed, one-mile party run where participants of any age can run, walk or dance to the finish line.

  • Award Winning Taxidermist Expands His Exhibit

    Master taxidermist, Mike Orthober of Egg Harbor, will be at the Door County Historical museum on June 21, for most of the day, mounting a specimen for the museum’s “Seasons of Life” display.

  • Spring Turkey Hunt Up

    Despite a long and severe winter, Wisconsin turkey hunters registered a total of 41,815 birds during the 2014 spring turkey-hunting season. This is a 10.

  • Karate Promotions

    Congratulations to all of the members Living Hope Dojo and members of Goju-Ryu Karate at the Door County YMCA. Here is a list of the promotions: (Left to right) Instructor Shaun Koulias, Angel Jauregui, Leif Olson and Mateo Jauregui were tested for promotion at the Northern Door YMCA on June 2.

  • Marathon Paddlers

    On June 14, as part of the Washington Island Canoe & Kayak Event, paddlers from across the country participated in a triathlon (paddle, bike, run), a marathon circumnavigating Washington Island and a half marathon.

  • Door County League Baseball

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • Bjorklunden Offers Three New Seminars

    From July 13 until July 18, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering these seminars: “The Kennedys: An American Experience” with Tim Crain, “The Tragic Comedy of Nikolai Gogol: Prose, Plays, Opera and Film” with Peter Thomas and “Midwest Medieval: Understanding the Boynton Chapel” with Ben Tilghman.

  • 2014 Nor-Door Little League

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • 2014 Women’s Double Header League Softball

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • Expert Appraises Antiques

    The Heritage Village at Big Creek will host “What’s It Worth?” on June 26, 4 – 7 pm. Special guest author and antiques expert Mark Moran will appraise objects in the categories of fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, toys, metal-ware, clocks, and costume jewelry.

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • Horse Chestnut Trees & Childhood Memories

    “School’s out, school’s out, teachers let the monkeys out!” How well I remember this old-time saying. We’d shout it in unison as we happily made our way home after the last day of grade school.

  • Lavender Fields Forever on Washington Island

    Blooming fields of lavender have attracted visitors to Provence in the south of France for centuries. The annual Lavender Festival in Sequim, Wash., attracts 30,000.

  • Fish Creek History Told in Style

    Come and find out what was it like 100 years ago at the Style Show Delight and Dessert, “A Glimpse of Old Fish Creek.” What did people do? How did townspeople make a living? What were the fashions of the day? Join the Gibraltar Historical Association at 2:30 pm on June 28, in the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek at the corner of Spruce and Maple Street.

  • “Discover Wisconsin” Tastes Local Foods

    Discover Wisconsin is shining the spotlight on the state’s ever-evolving culinary scene in an upcoming episode. Premiering June 21-22 across the Midwest, “Local Foods and Finds: Wisconsin Culinary Tour” is guest hosted by Stephanie Klett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

  • An Amateur and A Veteran

    Working in the GOLF Magazine office generally has its perks. Professional golfers will periodically make appearances. The latest and greatest equipment hits our desk long before it hits retail.

  • Tee Up for Workforce Readiness

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) announces the details of their 7th annual Golf Challenge fundraiser. The Orchards Golf Course in Egg Harbor will once again host the event on July 16 with registration and free use of the driving range beginning at 10:30 am and a shotgun start at 12 pm.

  • Golf League Results

    League results from around the county.

  • Weekend Recap

    1_The weekend unofficially began on Thursday, June 12 – that’s when I let my hair down anyway. After work, I zipped down to Sturgeon Bay. My first stop: Greco Gallery.

  • Barleywine Wins Best of Show

    Tell people you were drinking beer from 9 am until mid-afternoon and they might think something is wrong with you. However, if you are judging a homebrew competition, that’s your job.

  • Congratulations to Sharon Anderson

    Sharon loved sports as a child – She’s a swimmer extraordinaire. Today she golfs and boats and gardens, And swims when water temps match the air. Studied real hard to graphic design, Then added commercial printing to her career.


    Tom Lutsey of Waseda Farms near Baileys Harbor meets his mini doppelganger (aka Wyatt Bultman) at the farms’ annual “Picnic on the Farm” presented by the Women’s Fund of Door County on June 11.

  • Article posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:40pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I was at a party with some of my old college friends recently. I hadn't seen my good friend's husband in some time and unfortunately, he was a little too friendly.

  • Overheard 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?

  • Article posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:35pm

    What was Horseshoe Island’s original name?

  • Art, Food and Drinks

    Celebrate the opening of Angela Lensch Gallery in Egg Harbor on June 21, 10 am to 8 pm, with featured artist and owner Angela Lensch along with fellow featured artists.

  • Clay Figures and Tiny Teapots

    Off the Wheel Pottery will host an opening reception for The Figure in Clay and Tiny Teapots Show on June 26, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Stop in to meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and treats.

  • Tar Paper Collages

    Artist Laura Lein-Svencner is always exploring new ways to apply her style of collaging to different surfaces. Recently she was exposed to tar paper. That is one of the surfaces used for work currently on exhibit at The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace in Algoma.

  • Allegorical Additions

    Lost Moth Gallery introduces two new artists to the gallery. In addition to owner and on-site artist Jeanne Kuhns and sculptor Maureen McGrath, Lost Moth is showing works by Dawn Patel and Tony Menzer – both create allegorical images.

  • Working with the Grain

    The Pereira Family invites everyone to stop in their Wood Gallery at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek. Kevin has been building and creating with different types of wood for more than 27 years.

  • Paint the Town

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery celebrates the charm of the Door County towns that dot the countryside and punctuate the shoreline with the Paint the Town exhibit.

  • Southwest-Inspired Creations

    The Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek now has glass art by Nicole and Jared Davis on display. Jared Davis was born in New York City and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.

  • Midsommar Celebration

    Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay welcomes summer with a “Midsommar” celebration on June 21, 9 – 5 pm. Studio artists Jeanne and David Aurelius have created Midsommar-themed pottery in recognition of the Swedish festival celebrating the longest day of the year.

  • Hardy Gallery Winners Announced

    A skilled panel of artists has decided on the awards for the Hardy Gallery’s 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition. On view through July 13 at the dockside gallery, the exhibit includes work by more than 70 artists.

  • Paper Work

    In addition to scheduled classes at the Center for Handmade Paper at Woodwalk Gallery, Kirsten Christianson works with students on an individual basis.

  • Rosemaling and Bauernmalerei

    Nyla Small is Hope Gallery’s featured artist in June. Small, a Door County native, has dabbled for years in arts and crafts. Through the years she has taken many classes in folk art painting, rosemaling (Norwegian folk art) and bauernmalerei (German folk art).

  • Introducing Canvas & Kids

    Canvas & Kids is a new offering from the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay – it’s social artworking for kids. Much like Bottle & Brush, the Artists Guild supplies all necessary materials, but it’s geared toward a younger audience with kid-friendly designs.

  • Cozy and Comfortable

    Featured this week at Jacksonport Craft Cottage are Amish-made bentwood hickory rocking chairs with a matching table. Melvin Koblentz makes these for the Craft Cottage from his own hickory.

  • Amos is Back

    Amos, the therapy dog, will “read” with the kids at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library every Thursday at 10:30 am, now through Aug. 28. Readers of all levels welcome.

  • A Novel Tour

    Author Rachel Wisdom of St. Louis will visit Door County June 26 – 29 for a book tour promoting her debut novel, A Shopkeeper’s Daughter. A historical romance, the novel is based on the love story of the current King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway.

  • In the Construction Zone

    The week leading up to the annual Steel Bridge Song Fest (which took place June 12 – 15) in Sturgeon Bay is a busy one for The Holiday Music Motel. The 18 retro rooms and four recording studios fill with songwriters from across the county who come together for one purpose – to make music.

  • Q&A: Questions & Artists – Shelby Keefe

    Shelby Keefe is a nationally recognized award-winning impressionist painter. She is well known in Door County for her participation in the Peninsula School of Art Plein Air Festival, teaching classes at the art school, and showing her work at the Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Fish Creek.

  • Romance Signings

    Nancy Sweetland, Green Bay author, will sign books at Book World, 30 N 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, on June 21, 11 am – 1 pm. Writing ever since getting her first rejection from Woman’s Day at age 13, Sweetland has been published in photojournalism, articles, juvenile poetry and stories, picture and chapter books.

  • Book Signing with Jerry Apps

    The Clearing Folk School will host a book signing for celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps, author of eight Wisconsin Historical Society Press books and dozens of other books and articles.

  • Third Coast Writers

    Fresh off the farm an aspiring writer finds an apartment in New York City to write the Great American Novel, or so goes the cliché. In reality Wisconsin authors remain home in Milwaukee, Madison or Racine – or even New Auburn, Antigo, or Wonewoc – and their fiction not only wins prizes but sometimes is made into blockbuster films.

  • Judy Collins, Don McLean, & Jonny Lang: Living Legends on Door County’s Stages

    This weekend, Door County hosts performances by three living legends. On June 20 at 8 pm, two of the most iconic voices of 1960s folk-rock music will join forces for a one-of-a-kind concert at Door Community Auditorium (DCA).

  • Peninsula Players Presents World Premiere of ‘The Tin Woman’

    “If I only had a heart,” laments the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, and so does the central character in Sean Grennan’s new play The Tin Woman opening June 17 at Peninsula Players.

  • High Time for High Tea at Tea Thyme

    Life today is busy, perhaps busier than it ever has been, and quite frankly, we often work too hard trying to keep up with it. Despite all our modern conveniences, we are in desperate need of an advantage which many previous generations cherished most – leisure.

  • A Q&A with Author Lesley Kagen

    Just days before the June 27 deadline, fiction judge of The Hal Prize, New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen, offers a honest, humorous glimpse into her writing career – which came about after many other careers, advice to those submitting to The Hal Prize, and an excerpt of her upcoming book, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing to be released in October.

  • 50 Years of Fyr Bal: 2014 Schedule of Events

    Ephraim celebrates the 50th Annual Fyr Bal Festival on June 21. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal, (pronounced fear ball) is Norwegian for bonfire.

  • A Year at Door Community Auditorium

    Many tourists and seasonal residents visit Door Community Auditorium (DCA) and participate in our programming exclusively during the county’s busiest months.

  • Barleywine Wins Best of Show

    Rich Wolter of Arlington Heights, Ill., was crowned with Door County wild hops from the Ridges Sanctuary during the Door County Beer Festival on Saturday, June 14, for winning Best of Show in the Door County Homebrewing Championship.