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Peninsula Pulse – September 4-11, 2015

In this issue

  • In Memoriam: Ray Stonecipher

    Ray Stonecipher, a great advocate for the Door County environment – terrestrial and celestial – died of cancer on Aug. 27, 2015.

  • All EYC Members On Deck for Season Clean-up

    All Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) members are requested to help close the EYC beginning at 9 am on Sept. 5. They will be putting away boats and equipment, organizing the house for winter and removing dock equipment. Most projects should be finished before noon. There are jobs for people of all ages, abilities and strengths. The […]

  • Capital Campaign for YMCA’s Northern Door Program Center Passes $1 Million

    An anonymous $200,000 challenge gift pushed Phase 2 of the Door County YMCA’s Capital Campaign for the Northern Door Program Center past the $1 million mark. Each new dollar committed to construct a 3,500-square-foot addition at the Fish Creek facility will be matched up to $200,000. “We’re optimistic that with this major new commitment to […]

  • Cowboy Church Takes to Sister Bay Stage on Sept. 6

    The Cowboy Church of Door County is coming to the main stage at Sister Bay Waterfront Park on Sept. 6. This nondenominational church is normally held in the Tidball Horse Stable north of Ellison Bay from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is known in the area for country gospel music as well as a […]

  • Church of the Atonement Welcomes Guest Preacher Matthew Gunter

    Matthew Gunter, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac, will preach at 8 and 10 am, Sept. 6, at the Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek. A bishop since he succeeded the Rt. Rev. Russell Jacobs in 2013, he had been rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. For […]

  • Sign Up for CPR/AED Class at Sister Bay Fire Station

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $15 per […]

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    Altrusa Helps Girls Get Back to School with Annual Fair

    With generous assistance from a grant of $2,000 from the Women’s Fund, new backpacks were chosen and filled with school supplies at Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair, held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. More than 250 local girls from all over Door County participated in the fair. Volunteer guides escorted the girls around the gym as they […]

  • Retired Educators to Meet Sept. 16 at Crossroads

    The next meeting of the Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators Association Meeting will be held at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., on Sept. 16. Social hour begins at 11 am followed by a noon luncheon. The program includes a tour of Heritage Village and Nelson House. After the meeting, Red Wagon school supplies that are […]

  • Ministry Dental Clinic Hopes to Expand, Thanks to Recent Grant

    Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Inc. announced a grant of $50,000 to the Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) Dental Clinic. The funds from Delta Dental will help support the expanded operations of the clinic during the next two years by providing services to more than 3,000 youth and adults four days each week. The MDCMC […]

  • T-Mac Death's Door BBQ

    T-Mac Smokin’ Wins Big at Death’s Door BBQ Competition

    In an exciting reprise of their 2012 win, the T-Mac Smokin’ barbecue team from Appleton once again claimed the Grand Championship prize at the 4th annual Death’s Door BBQ (DDBBQ) on Aug. 29 on Washington Island. This year, DDBBQ featured 35 teams from five states, all competing for the coveted 2015 Grand Champion award. Tim’s […]

  • “Advance Directives” is Next Health & Wellness Discussion Series Topic

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Advance Directives” on Sept. 20 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. This discussion will be led by Susan Johnson, chaplain, and Lauren Daoust, MSW, both from Ministry Door County Medical Center. The discussion will focus on the importance […]

  • Wisconsin Education Fair at St. Norbert College

    The annual Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) will be held at St. Norbert College in the Schuldes Sports Center from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Sept. 16 and 9 – 11 am on Sept. 17. More than 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and military groups will be on hand to meet and recruit prospective students and […]

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Sustainability Grant to Support Northern Door Offerings

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin a Sustainability Grant from the Children & Youth Fund. This grant provides financial assistance to support the development of new One-to-One Youth Mentoring programs at Gibraltar and Washington Island as well as enhance the existing program in Sturgeon Bay. Big Brothers […]

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    Register for “A Celebration of HOPE”

    “A Celebration of HOPE,” a We Are HOPE, Inc. event, will be held Sept. 22 at Stone Harbor Resort. The celebration begins with a raffle as the doors open at 11 am. Lunch will be served at 11:30 with a program ending at 1:30 pm. Immediately after the luncheon, “Say YES! To the Centerpiece” creations […]

  • “Gen Silent” Screening at Hope Church

    Gen Silent will be presented free of charge on Sept. 24 at 7 pm at Hope United Church in Sturgeon Bay. Door County has one of the fastest growing populations of senior citizens in our state. Gen Silent, a critically acclaimed documentary, is about aging in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered community. It follows […]

  • PFLAG Receives Donation at Annual Picnic

    PFLAG of Door County, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, recently held its annual picnic at Sunset Park on Aug. 16. Among those attending was Dr. Timothy M. Empkie of Rhode Island. For many years he visited his sister, Stephanie Empkie Vittum of Fish Creek, […]

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    Tamara Thomsen Surveys Plum Island Shipwreck

    Wisconsin Historical Society underwater archaeologist Tamara Thomsen was on Plum Island Aug. 22 with a dive team to survey and document the wreck of the Grape Shot, an 1855 schooner that sank in 1867 just off Plum Island’s north shore. Thomsen’s visit aboard the Sea Grant Institute’s research vessel Dawn Treader was arranged in large […]

  • SBAA Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Volunteers

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) is seeking nominations for the sixth annual Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Volunteer of the Year award. Visit for the Volunteer of the Year Form and award description. Deadline is Oct. 1.

  • Pet Talk with Sally Salopek

    Q. My dog has terrible breath. One of my friends mentioned I should try brushing his teeth. Can I do that and, if so, can I use my toothpaste? A. If your dog’s breath is that bad I would recommend a visit to the veterinarian to have his oral health evaluated. Periodontal (gum) disease affects […]

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    Featured Pet: Willie

    Unlike the song “Little Willy” by The Sweet, this adorable one-and-half-year-old Labrador mix named Willie does want to go home. Willie has a beautiful chocolate brown coat, a playful disposition and the heart of a young puppy. He enjoys playing fetch and is still working on returning the ball after chasing it down. If you’re […]


    Hwy. 42 Village of Forestville, between County X and J Schedule: Aug. to Oct. 2015 Length: 0.05 Miles Cost: $475,000 Description of project: The project involves removing the existing box culvert and replacing it with a new bridge meeting current design standards for vehicular loading and structure design. Bridge approaches will be constructed, which include […]

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    Vendor Spaces Available for Harvest Fest

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center currently has booth spaces available for its 15th annual Harvest Festival taking place Sept. 19, 9 am – 5 pm. Artists, crafters and vendors are strongly encouraged to apply. Hosted in partnership with the 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Championship, attractions include live music by Hot Off the Grill from 11:30 am […]

  • she shed arbor crowne

    Consider “She Shed” for Next Home Project

    The women’s equivalent of a “man cave” – the “she shed” – is becoming increasingly popular around the country and Arbor Crowne Properties is working to bring them to Door County. Diane Taillon, owner of Arbor Crowne Properties, comments on where the idea came to her: “I first heard of ‘she sheds’ on a luxury […]

  • Pre-Fall Fest Meeting for All Vendors

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association, annual sponsors of Fall Fest, has scheduled a pre-Fall Fest meeting for Sept. 17 at 7 pm in the Sister Bay Village Hall, for all Fall Fest vendors that sell food and/or beverages. At least one representative from your organization/business must attend this meeting. The Advancement Association will issue the […]

  • Maritime Museum is Looking for Tree Decorators

    The Door County Maritime Museum is calling all tree decorators for their Merry-Time Festival of Trees. The festival will run from Nov. 14 through Dec. 8 with visitors invited to see what is expected to be an even grander extravaganza of trees during regular museum hours as well at special events planned throughout the nearly […]

  • Laddie Chapman Joins Action Realty Team

      Action Realty is pleased to announce that Laddie Chapman has joined the Action Team. Chapman attended Missouri University, and graduated from a St. Louis Music Conservatory with a theory major. After playing in, arranging for, and directing local bands and musical theater, he spent several years in the military, including a tour of Vietnam […]

  • water testing kewaunee rivers

    Dirty Water: Kewaunee Group Monitoring Impaired Rivers

    Each month for the past three years, several residents of Kewaunee County drive a 165-mile route at their own expense to collect water samples from the mouth and source of three rivers – Ahnapee, Kewaunee and East Twin. They collect six samples, note the date and conditions through photographs and deliver the samples to a […]

  • Beware Asian Carp Invasion

    The Door County Environmental Council will host a presentation on the possibilities of an Asian Carp invasion of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes. The public is invited to this free discussion on Sept. 9 at 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Asian Carp pose a threat to freshwater ecosystems […]

  • Science Snippet: DDT Still Taking Toll

    Unintended consequences. Decades ago, a chemical plant in St. Louis, Mich., produced DDT. The insecticide, now banned in the U.S., remains pervasive in the city of 7,000 – at very high levels. These levels are especially toxic to birds, causing seizures and open wounds that eventually kill them. When autopsied, the birds reveal gross organ […]

  • UWGB Sturgeon Bay cheerleaders

    UWGB Cheerleaders Visit Sturgeon Bay for Cheer Camp

    The Sturgeon Bay High School Cheerleading team recently hosted a summer cheerleading camp led by select members of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Cheer Team. The two-day camp focused on fine-tuning stunt and tumbling skills, team building and goal setting. Sponsors for this year’s camp included Sonny’s Pizzeria and Westwood Shores. SBHS cheer […]

  • New Course for Run Wild in 2015

    The granddaddy of all Door County runs turns 27 this year with a new course and lengths. The three-mile run/walk will now be a true 5k and the 10k is now an official quarter-marathon. The 1/3-mile Smokey the Bear run remains the same for kids ages 2-10. There will be new long sleeve t-shirts for […]


    ALPINE Alpine Men’s Golf League (Aug. 25) Low Gross: A Flight – Darryl Severson 41; B Flight – Harry Proctor 43; C Flight – Jocko Rader 44; D Flight – Greg Miller 43. Low Net: A Flight – Darryl Severson 35; B Flight – Jim McDermott, Dennis Krishka & Dennis McCarthy 34; C Flight – […]

  • Baudhuin golf

    A Round with the Youngsters at 27 Pines

    Josh Baudhuin took his son Isaac and nephew Caden out to 27 Pines for a round of golf. Submitted photos.

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves

    OVERHEARD 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?   “I was going to give these cucumbers to the chickens but then I thought of you.”   “Ranting in general is […]

  • Blake Bowden

    SERVER OF THE WEEK: Blake Bowden, of The Rusty Tractor Café!

    At the Rusty Tractor, you’ll meet Blake In a barn adorned with cedar shake It’s the country bumpkin mercantile Where he’s been working for a little while.   His leisure hours are sadly few He has not one serving job, but two And serves at Casey’s Barbecue   He loves football, green and gold And […]

  • Trivia

    This week’s question: Which state was first to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday, and in what year? Answer: In next week’s issue. Last week’s question: What are the exact odds of scoring a hole-in-one in golf on a par three hole? Answer: 8,750 to 1.  

  • Exquisite Corpse hardy

    Exquisite Corpses at The Hardy Gallery

    The opening reception for the Hardy Gallery’s latest exhibit, Exquisite Corpse: Head to Two & End to End, is scheduled for Sept. 4, 5:30 – 7 pm. Featuring printmakers and works on paper, visual artists and poets will produce works based on the Surrealist concept know as The Exquisite Corpse – a “blind collaboration” where […]

  • Brynn Capella Bags

    Handcrafted Brynn Capella Handbags at Patricia Shoppe

      Patricia Shoppe of Egg Harbor is hosting a trunk show of Brynn Capella leather handbags, from now until Sept. 7. Patricia Shoppe is known for carrying a large selection of USA made, artisan made, and fair trade products. “We have four Door County, and five jewelry designers from Chicago featured in the shop, but […]

  • “Grrrrr” by Dorothy McDowell.

    Dorothy McDowell Adds Some Color to Northern Door YMCA

    Dorothy McDowell, plein air painter, will exhibit paintings for the month of September at the Northern Door YMCA, 3866 Gibraltar Rd., Fish Creek. McDowell is a seasonal resident of Liberty Grove and is a member of the Door County Art League. McDowell looks for bold shapes and shadows to create strong compositions. Architecture, boats and […]

  • “Peppers” by Christy Kelly-Bentgen.

    Christy Kelly-Bentgen’s Works Displayed at UU Gallery

    The UU Gallery in north Ephraim welcomes Christy Kelly-Bentgen and her exhibit of mixed-media art for the month of September. An opening reception with the artist will be held Sept. 6, 12:30 – 2 pm. The public is invited. Having spent most of her career as an art teacher, Kelly-Bentgen has experimented with a wide […]

  • “Homestead” by Beverly Hart Branson.

    DCAL Featured Artists Share Reverence for Light

    Although they work in different media, Beverly Hart Branson and Gretchen Misselt, the Door County Art League Gallery’s artists of the week Sept. 5 – 11, share a reverence for the quality of light and shifting moods of the peninsula’s landscape and shorelines. After 30 years of summer vacations on Washington Island and taking classes at […]

  • “London Observation Deck” by Tom Groenfeldt.

    Tom Groenfeldt Exhibits His Urban Photography

    From Sept. 12 – Oct. 18, Third Avenue Playhouse Gallery presents Urban Energy, an exhibit featuring the photography of Tom Groenfeldt. Groenfeldt is a freelance writer and photographer. Mostly self-taught in photography, he took a course at The Clearing Folk School when he was 15, spent a summer working with Wayne Harmann in Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • “Trotting Horse” by Deborah Dendler.

    Deborah Dendler Introduces Equine Sculpture

    Deborah Dendler, resident sculptor of Fish Creek, introduced sculptures of horses this summer. In July, her porcelain relief sculpture, “Trotting Horse,” was exhibited in Auburn, Wash., at the Equine Art 2015 exhibition presented by the Washington Thoroughbred Association. “Horse sculpture is a totally new direction for me, so I’m especially thrilled to have my work […]

  • Eagle Bluff Shadows Bridget Austin

    Bridget Austin Named DCAL Master Artist

    “All Along the Shore” is the theme for the Door County Art League’s All Member Showcase with Juried Awards and Master’s Presentation. The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay partnered with the league in hosting the exhibit in their Bridge Room, now through Oct. 18. Jurists Hermke Timm, Jan Comstock and Ken Klopack awarded […]

  • “ART21” Screening at Miller Art Museum

    On Sept. 10 at 10:30 am, in conjunction with the museum’s monthly volunteer meeting, the Miller Art Museum will present two free short-format documentaries featuring contemporary artists El Anatsui and Cai Guo-Qiang, followed by discussions. The films are part of the PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century, or ART21. The program is open to […]

  • Obituary for Joseph “Paul” LeMere, Jr.

    Joseph “Paul” LeMere, Jr., 85, formerly of Egg Harbor, died Sunday, August 23, 2015, at his home in Kentucky. Paul was born June 10, 1930, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Parent) LeMere. Following his graduation from high school, he graduated from U.W. Madison in Electrical Engineering. Paul then served […]

  • Obituary for Jerome “Jerry” Donald Mann

    Jerome “Jerry” Donald Mann, 71, of Sevastopol, passed away Wednesday morning, August 26, 2015, in the comfort of his home with his wife, Shirley, at his side. He was born November 25, 1943, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Donald Cedric and Jeanette (Wilke) Mann. Jerry graduated from Wisconsin Academy in 1962 and went on […]

  • Obituary for Jackie “Jack” Aschoff

    Jackie “Jack” Aschoff, 66 of Ellison Bay, WI died at his home on Wednesday August 19, 2015. Respecting his wishes he was cremated and a gathering will be held at a future time.

  • Kathy Glasnap, Fish Creek Artist

    Obituary for Kathryn M. Glasnap

    Kathryn “Kathy” M. Glasnap, 66, a well-known Door County artist passed away at Door County Memorial Hospital on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. She was born in Appleton , WI, the daughter of the late Carl and Marcie Glasnap. Kathy began drawing and painting at an early age and after her graduation from Xavier High School, […]

  • Baylake to Purchase Sister Bay Trading Building

    Baylake Bank CEO Rob Cera and Marilyn Jensen, owner of Sister Bay Trading Company, announce plans for Baylake Bank to purchase the Sister Bay Trading Company building at 2477 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay. Baylake will move its current operations in Sister Bay from 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive to the new building after […]

  • Peninsula New Horizons Band Kick-Off Sept. 17

    The Peninsula New Horizons Band program was developed for adults in Door County who wish to learn to play a band instrument, or re-learn an instrument they used to play. For new students interested in trying out different instruments, the Peninsula New Horizons Band kick-off is from 4 to 6 pm on Sept. 17 at […]

  • Loose Lips Sink Ships

    Northern Sky Musical Being Performed At Marquette University

    This September and October, one of Northern Sky Theater’s most beloved musicals will be performed at Marquette University’s Helfaer Theatre. Loose Lips Sink Ships originally premiered on the Northern Sky stage in 2001 (then, American Folklore Theatre) and is a collaboration featuring music by James Kaplan and book and lyrics by Laurie Flanigan-Hegge and local […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Concert at The Ridges On Sept. 7

    On Sept. 7, starting at 3 pm, people will be able to come to The Ridges’ new Cook-Albert Fuller Center in Baileys Harbor for free guided tours, a catered reception (from Top Shelf), commemorative gifts, a silent auction and a Midsummer’s Music concert. This marks the first time that a public performance will occur in […]

  • ‘Lumberjacks in Love’ Debuts at Door Community Auditorium

    Northern Sky Theater embarks on its sixth season in partnership with the Door Community Auditorium with the fall debut of Lumberjacks in Love. Lumberjacks in Love premiered in 1996 and is one of Northern Sky’s all-time box office hits. Set in the turn-of-the-century Haywire Lumber Camp, Lumberjacks celebrates a world where bath time is once […]

  • Final Weekend for Pen Players’ ‘Outside Mullingar’

    Peninsula Players Theatre ends their run of Outside Mullingar on Sept. 6. Outside Mullingar is set in rural Ireland and features Anthony and Rosemary, 40-ish next-door neighbors and homebodies. Rosemary has been smitten with Anthony since childhood and he is oblivious to the fact. When Anthony’s father threatens to disinherit him, Rosemary steps in to […]

  • The Ridges Offers Logan Creek Hike, Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop

    The Ridges Sanctuary invites everyone to enjoy a different kind of hiking experience at Logan Creek on Sept. 6 at 2 pm. Explore this 170-acre parcel with a Ridges naturalist to see a variety of habitats, including upland hardwood forest, lowland cedar-hemlock forest and frontage along Clark Lake and Logan Creek. Fees are $5 for […]

  • Arvid Anderson

    Model A Car Club at Heritage Village On Sept. 6

    The Cherryland A’s Car Club will be at Heritage Village at Big Creek on Sept. 6. The Model As will be on display from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. A presentation on the restoration of a 1930 Briggs Body Model A Ford restoration by Arvid Anderson begins at 2:15 pm in the Collins Learning Center. Model […]

  • Chambers Island Lighthouse

    Maritime Museum Offering Chambers Island Tour, Schooner Cruise

    Reacting to the popularity of the Lighthouse Festival each June, the Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. The Chambers Island tour and the Sail Door County Schooner Cruise will be a part of this abbreviated and exciting offering. Two schooner tours out of the Sister […]

  • Monarch Tagging

    Crossroads at Big Creek Offers Free Monarch Tagging Program

    Crossroads at Big Creek will offer a Monarch tagging event on Sept. 6 at 1 pm. Guest Naturalist Karen Newbern will present a free program in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center. Then, participants will move into the lower level to receive instruction and nets, and spread into the wildflower meadows to capture, […]

  • The Nylons

    The Nylons Performing at Southern Door Auditorium Sept. 11

    On Sept. 11 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium, recording artists The Nylons will stake the stage at 7 pm. After 35 years of performing and touring, The Nylons are on the road in their farewell tour across the United States. The a cappella group, most famous for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” has traveled the […]

  • Weekly Performances by Katie Dahl at The Tin Plate

    The Tin Plate (the new name of the former Hitching Post in Valmy) is pleased to announce weekly performances by popular Door County musician Katie Dahl every Thursday from Sept. 10 through Oct. 8, 7 – 9 pm. Dahl, a nationally known folk singer-songwriter, will perform with her frequent sideman, upright bass and percussion player […]

  • Eric Lewis

    Eric Lewis In Final Fishstock 2015 Show

    One of Door County’s favorite musicians, Eric Lewis, returns to Fishstock for the final show of the season on Sept. 6 at 7 pm. Eric Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with some of the top Memphis artists. In addition to working as a duo with Rory Hoffman and also Tommy Burroughs, Lewis […]

  • The Water Street Hot Shots

    Woodwalk Concert Series Ends with The Water Street Hot Shots Sept. 4

    Michal Lee Ammons and The Water Street Hot Shots will close out the Woodwalk Concert Series on Sept. 4 at 7 pm. The Water Street Hot Shots are experts at performing blues, rags, hokum, and novelty tunes in the style of the 1930s jug bands. Michael Lee Ammons grew up just a mile away from […]

  • Stamps. Awesome autumn art retreat.

    Awesome Autumn Art Retreat Set for Sept. 11-13

    It’s time to register for the Awesome Autumn Art Retreat in Sturgeon Bay at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, Sept. 11 – 13. The event is organized by Door County Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking. Owner Oscar Hansen has planned an outstanding line-up of classes and workshops. Instructors Jenny Stultz, Vicki Amundson, Pat Niemuth and Louise Healy are […]

  • Bridge, Tree and Watercolor Seminars at Björklunden

    From Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering these seminars: “Introduction to Modern Day Bridge” with Carol Konrad; “Fall’s Glorious Trees and Shrubs” with Don Quintenz; and “Watercolor: A Fresh Start” with Helen Klebesadel. “Introduction to Modern Day Bridge” recognizes that beginning bridge players come with varying levels of knowledge of the […]

  • Savory Spoon Offering Labor Day Weekend Classes

    Friends coming for the Labor Day weekend? The Savory Spoon Cooking School has some classes to help prepare for the Labor Day celebrations and to begin the fall season. On Sept. 5 at 9:30 am, join instructor Amy Rebhan and explore tasty salads that are healthy and delicious in “Salads as Savory Meals.” The menu […]

  • Pro Golf Tips: Roughing It

    No matter what your skill level is in golf, if you have played, you have been in the rough. Rough is the grass along the fairways and around the greens that is typically long grass and can wreak havoc on your next shot. Depending on the conditioning of your golf course, this grass can be […]

  • Leave Your Guns At Home

    When is enough, enough? Now we can see a shooting and killing in real time on television. To quote retired U.S. Army General Russel L. Honoré, “As a country we’re in a state of denial because we’ve confused the right to bear arms with the right to carry arms all the time anywhere or anyplace […]

  • Gov. Walker On Border With Canada

    Sunday, Aug. 30, on Meet The Press on national TV, Governor Walker suggested that we should consider building a fence on our border with Canada. That border, including the border between Canada and Alaska as well as the border between Canada and the contiguous 48 states, is about 5,400 miles long and the longest border […]

  • Raku obelisk by Dee Santorini

    ArtFest in Gills Rock

    Gills Rock Coffee will hold Gills Rock ArtFestSept. 5 and 6, 10 am to 5 pm. More than 15 artists will display their works in different media, many demonstrating their techniques. These artists formerly displayed their works at Charlene’s Gallery Ten:  Ray Kapfamer, Norm Knott, Marcia Nickols, Joe Hernandez, Mark Haberle, Chris Meissner, Kris Franzke […]

  • Door County Artists Give to Women’s Fund ARTrageous Benefit

    The Women’s Fund of Door County will present an ARTrageous Benefit on Sept. 26 at Rehbergers’ Hidden Acres Farm at 11128 Beach Rd, Sister Bay. This one-day exhibit and celebration provides an opportunity to purchase art created by 63 recognized women artists of Door County to benefit The Women’s Fund of Door County. All work […]

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    Labor Day By the Numbers

    4.4 Percentage of full-time American workers who work from home. 5.3 Percentage of unemployed Americans. 25.8 Number of minutes for the average commute to work. Maryland has the longest average commute of 32.5 minutes. 76.4 Percentage of workers who drive alone to work each day. Another 9.4 percent carpool and 0.6 percent ride bikes to […]

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    Silent Sports Column: Losing Daylight

    On the Thursday night group ride last week, it was the first time this summer that the question of which route we would take was met with, “Well how much sunlight do we have?” It is inevitable that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, but that doesn’t necessarily mean workouts […]

  • Go Set a Watchman

    The Bestseller List, Aug. 17 – 23

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. Last Bus to Wisdom, by Ivan Doig 4. Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal 5. The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins HARDCOVER NONFICTION             […]

  • Kirsten Bungener. Paper art. Jewelry. Ephraim.

    Kirsten Bungener & The Art of Paper

    Walking into Kirsten Bungener’s studio space on the second story of her Ephraim home is a sensory experience. On the left side of the studio, the worktables are covered in beads, rocks, watch faces and chains. There are shelves of clear jars stuffed with beads and findings, and spools of leather, and racks of unfinished […]

  • Ryan Demmin Sister Bay Bays baseball

    Egg Harbor to Face Sister Bay in County League Championship Game

    Results August 30 Kolberg 0, Sister Bay 1 Egg Harbor 6, West Jacksonport 5 Door County League Championship Game Sept. 6, 1:30 pm Egg Harbor @ Sister Bay The Sister Bay Bays aim to defend their Door County League Championship Sunday when they take on Egg Harbor at 1:30 pm. Sister Bay is seeking a […]

  • Hanne Gault

    Hanne Gault to Read at Next Dickinson Poetry Series

    Hanne Gault will be the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Sept. 9 at 7 pm. Gault moved to Door County in 1997 after spending many summers here. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she has published one chapbook. Gault has been writing poetry for many years. It is a kind of […]

  • Grasse Acres goats

    From a Hobby to a Lifestyle: Grasse Acres Goat Farm

      Before they retired from teaching, Lynne and Don Grasse made journeys from their winter home in Rhinelander each summer to their 15-acre hobby farm north of Ellison Bay, driving a pickup truck that carried crates of poultry and dogs and cats, and pulled a trailer hauling their herd of Nigerian dwarf goats. When they […]

  • Sevastopol football

    High School Fall Athletics, Sept. 4 – 11

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Sept. 8 @ Algoma, 4:30 pm Football Sept. 4 vs. Lena, 7 pm Sept. 11 @ Sevastopol, 7 pm Soccer Sept. 10 vs. Roncalli Volleyball Sept. 5 @ Oshkosh Lourdes, 8 am Sept. 10 @ Oconto, 7 pm SEVASTOPOL  Cross Country Sept. 4 @ Freedom, 4 pm  Football Sept. 4 @ Oneida […]

  • Cynthia Kraack

    “Creating Fictional Worlds” Workshop with Cynthia Kraack

      As a fiction writer, are you imagining what this world will look like in the year 2099? Maybe a land where gnomes rule alongside silver-haired giants is the perfect place for the epic battle in your manuscript. Or a shape-shifting heroine living in a Victorian town begs to star in your steampunk fantasy. Write […]

  • Polka Heartland Wisconsin Historical Society

    Barrel Full of Polka History in New Book

    The Wisconsin Historical Society Press rolls out a barrel full of polka history and culture in a new book by polka radio host and folk music historian Richard March, Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka. From polka’s surprising origins as a cutting-edge European fad, to an exploration of the modern-day polka scene, Polka […]

  • Semillas by Wence and Sandra Martinez.

    Martinez Family Contributes to Milwaukee Latino Arts Exhibit

    Wence and Sandra Martinez will exhibit Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy from Sept. 11 – Oct. 14 at Latino Arts Inc. United Community Center in Milwaukee. Wence and Sandra practice the tribal weaving tradition of Wence’s home village, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The couple opened the Martinez Studio in 1994 and say their greatest […]

  • Steve Grutzmacher

    Feeling Better About My ‘Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days’

    Not long ago I wrote a column where I retold a Chinese fairy tale in which I explained that, occasionally, when I am beset with insomnia, I will sit down at night and rewrite fairy tales as a way of telling myself a bedtime story and, ideally, then falling asleep. A number of you wondered […]

  • North of the Tension Line. Washington Island. Book Review.

    Book Review: ‘North of the Tension Line’

    Nearly everyone who has taken the ferry to Washington Island has wondered what life might be like there, a fantasy filled with ambivalence because of the remoteness of that spread of land surrounded by water. While the location in some respects evokes a cozy romantic folksiness, a sense of protection far from the madding crowd, […]

  • Destroyers Fall to Raiders in Aug. 29 Playoff

    On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Door County Destroyers traveled to Racine to take on the Raiders in a second-round playoff game. Early in the season these two teams faced off in a lopsided battle as Racine took it to the Destroyers with a 52-11 victory. This time around, it was a much more competitive game. […]

  • Benjamin Franklin, endowment fund

    Endowment Funds: The Gift That Keeps Giving

    Math is a wonderful thing. You can talk all day long in an attempt to convince and cajole a person into doing what you want, but those are just words. They are arguments designed to persuade someone to believe something you cannot definitively prove. With math, however, there is no such ambiguity. Consider for a […]

  • Criticism of Rep. Kitchens Incorrect

    I was surprised by the lack of balance in Donald Freix’s recent letter strongly criticizing Representative Joel Kitchens’ participation in the state budget process. The letter’s message is that Mr. Kitchens’ remained silent and did not seek changes beneficial to his constituents. This implication is not correct. I supported Mr. Kitchens’ opponent in the last […]

  • Salmon Salad Abigail Edmonds

    Off the Grill: Blackened Salmon Salad

      I have a faint memory of when my mother became a vegetarian. I was six, and she had just read the bestseller, Fast Food Nation, which put her off poultry and beef forever. Now, 14 years later, vegetarianism (or more specifically, in her case, pescetarianism) is much more common, and the “fast food nation” […]

  • Helen Schreiber: Preserving Fish Creek’s History

    When Helen Schreiber Allen was born in 1922, her parents, Lester and Amanda Schreiber, owned and operated the Fish Creek General Store on Main Street, a mainstay in the village. With a twinkle in her blue eyes, Helen’s memories flow like water over the smooth stones in the creek of her hometown. And it is […]

  • Big Mouth, Woody Mankowski

    End of An Era: Big Mouth’s Woody Mankowski Moves to LA

    Kids who came to listen with their parents 23 years ago are now bringing their own children. And for most of that time, the same four guys have made up the group:  Jay Whitney on guitar, bass, harmonica and vocals; Paul Sowinski on upright and electric bass and guitar; Pat Judy on drums and vocals; […]

  • Southern Tier Brewing Co. 's Tangier

    Cheers: Tangerine Dream

      This is just what it says it is – Tangerine. Big tangerine nose, lovely tangerine flavor, and even a hazy tangerine color to this tangerine wheat beer from Lost Coast Brewery. I like it. Refreshing. Tangy. However, when it was poured into what I was told was a freshly cleaned Weiss glass, the head […]

  • Altrusa Says Thanks

    Altrusa International of Door County and more than 500 children participating in the Back-to-School Fair held Aug. 8, extend heartfelt appreciation to the many volunteers who generously donated time and energy to help make this huge event happen. There were nearly 100 folks from the community – husbands, friends, relatives and more – helping Altrusans […]

  • Emersons on Washington Island


      Minnow Emerson takes his grandsons, Hobbs, 5, and Walter, 3, out in a canoe for the first time on the waters of Washington Island. Submitted by Anne Emerson.

  • Monarch butterfly Roy Lukes

    Roy Lukes: The Fascinating Relationship Between Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed Plants

    There is a fascinating relationship between a group of plants and an insect weighing about one-50th of one ounce, an insect that is protected by an ordinance in Pacific Grove, Cal. Some Canadians call the insect “King Billy” because the orange and black colors of the tiny creature were those of King William of Orange. […]

  • Sylvia. Stage Door Theatre Company.

    Third Avenue Playhouse Brings ‘Sylvia’ to Stage Through Sept. 12

    The drama of the relationship between a talking poodle-mutt and a pair of empty nesters will play out on the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) stage through the love story, Sylvia, from now to Sept. 12. Ordinary humans Greg and Kate have just escaped from the banal Westchester County and moved into a new apartment in […]

  • Birch Creek Performance Center.

    Culture Club: Birch Creek’s Needs Bond Mother & Son

    Each spring we take a great deal of time to attract and enroll our students at Birch Creek. Some instruments are more popular and therefore we process more applications for those who play that particular instrument. Sometimes it takes more effort to fill particular instrumental holes in our roster. Occasionally, we get a phone call […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Caves

    Tour Horseshoe Bay Caves Sept. 19

    Public tours of Horseshoe Bay Cave will be conducted on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015, between 8:30 am and 3 pm. Tours will depart on the hour, commencing at 9 am, with the last tour departing at 3 pm. Tour participants should arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes […]

  • Rieboldt Creek Sign

    Bulletin: Rieboldt Creek Finally Gets Correct Sign

    WHAT HAPPENED The case of the misspelled Rieboldt Creek sign has finally been resolved more than a year after Baileys Harbor resident Philip Graupner began his one-man campaign to correct the spelling. Graupner was on hand Aug. 31 when Greg Coulthurst of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department posted the correctly spelled sign. […]

  • Check it. Read it. Use it. Peninsula Pulse

    Welcome to the New Home of the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living

    Check it. Read it. Use it. For years that has been the tagline printed on the cover of the Peninsula Pulse. It dates back to the time when the centerpiece of the Pulse was the arts and entertainment listings that guided readers to everything that goes on each day on this amazing peninsula. You really […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Hotel Plan

    Citizens Group Plans to Sue City of Sturgeon Bay to Stop Hotel Development

    The recently formed Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront has collected more than $41,000 in an estimated $80,000 needed to pursue a lawsuit with the City of Sturgeon Bay regarding the hotel planned for the West Waterfront Redevelopment project. “We are actively looking for 39 additional champions to step forward and pledge $1,000 each […]

  • Joel Kitchens

    Kitchens Listening Session on Washington Island Sept. 8

      Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens announced a listening session to be held on Washington Island. The mission of this session is to connect with constituents to discuss issues and concerns that directly impact the 1st Assembly District. “The Assembly is currently on break following the passage of the 2015-17 biennial budget and this is a […]

  • Village of Sister Bay Logo

    Sister Bay Plan Commission Recommends Allowing Quarries

    In a 3-2 vote that drew the attention of a Green Bay television news affiliate, the Sister Bay Plan Commission voted to recommend a change to zoning that would allow quarries under a conditional use permit. The change came at the request of Brandon Small with Door County Custom Stone Inc., which is seeking to […]

  • Russ Feingold Sturgeon Bay 2015

    Feingold Speaks at Sturgeon Bay Picnic

    In 1934 former Democratic U.S. Senator Peter G. Gerry of Rhode Island became a footnote in political history for regaining his Senate seat after being voted out of office in 1929 (he was also the grandson of Elbridge Gerry, the fifth vice president of the United States and the man who gave his name to […]

  • Fish Creek Rethinking Waterfront Access Areas

    A Waterfront Master Plan is in the works for Fish Creek with the goal of redeveloping public water access areas. The plan will focus on the town docks, boat launches and the public beach with a long-term design to be developed over the next year. Although separate from the planned highway resurfacing slated for the […]

  • Eagle Tower Coming Down This Fall

    After months of deciding what to do about the disrepair at Eagle Tower, state park officials and representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have decided to take the tower down. “Nothing has been finalized yet. What we do know is that it will most likely be taken down this fall,” said Erin […]

  • Old Door County Highway Department Building

    County Supervisor Criticizes Board for Slow Pace

    During a special meeting of Door County’s Property Committee on Aug. 27, Supervisor Leo Zipperer lamented that county government has three speeds – slow, slower and stop. The inspiration for that bon mot was the meeting itself, which was called by Chair Richard Virlee to discuss rehabilitating the former Door County Highway Dept. building at […]

  • Palmer Johnson yacht

    Palmer Johnson to Close Sturgeon Bay Facilities

    Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing  its manufacturing operations at their facilities in Sturgeon Bay. The boat builder known throughout the world for its luxury yachts has been a major employer and a point of pride in Sturgeon Bay for generations. The closure is expected to eliminate 100 jobs in the city when it takes effect […]