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Winter 2007/2008 – volume 5 issue 4

Publisher: Brad Massey

Editor: David Eliot

Associate Editors: Sara Massey, Madeline Johnson

Copy Editor: Allison Vroman

Photography Director: Dan Eggert

Contributing Editors: Kay McKinley Arneson, Christine Callsen, Julia Chomeau, Katie Dahl, Myles Dannhausen Jr., Dan Eggert, Mary Johnson, Peder Nelson, Karen Grota Nordahl, Megan O’Meara, Patricia Podgers, Jessica Sauter, Kathlin F. Sickel, Allison Vroman

Advertising Sales: Madeline Johnson, Scott Orgel

Door County Living magazine is published four times annually by:

Door County Living, Inc.

P.O. Box 606, Ephraim, WI 54211

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In this issue

  • Alexander’s Restaurant: A change of scene for an established favorite

    The Hotel Du Nord, a beautiful establishment overlooking the Little Sister Islands, was once home to a restaurant well known for its delicious dinners. While the hotel is no longer there, lucky for us the restaurant lives on. Alexander’s, under the guidance of Bruce Alexander for the last 20 years, now has a new home […]

  • Kites Over the Bay

    After the holidays wind down and spring begins to feel like it will never come around, Fish Creek will have a much-needed break from the winter doldrums. For two days over the Winter Fest weekend in February, spectators will be treated to a skyline full of spectacular color, artistry and drama, also known as Kites […]

  • Nestled into the Landscape

    Anyone with a basic working knowledge of children’s mythology knows the dangers of building a house out of straw:  a mere huff or puff from an irritable wolf can take your house — not to mention you — permanently out of commission. A small community of builders and homeowners in Door County, however, are disregarding […]

  • Winter’s Harvest: Pure maple syrup

    A steaming hot stack of pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup is one of the best breakfasts to enjoy on a cold Door County winter’s morning. Locally produced at a variety of “Sugar Bushes,” the proper name for a maple syrup farm, Pure Door County Maple Syrup is one of the unique treats found on […]

  • Paul Sills: Theater Games

    Paul Sills is quite possibly the most influential man in American theater that you have never heard of. Like so many successful people who have chosen to make Door County their home, Paul has had a long career of triumphs in the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles theater scenes, and now focuses on sharing […]

  • The White Sand Beach: Door County Ice Fishing

    Bring up ice fishing to just about anybody and the last image to come to mind would be guys in t-shirts tossing around footballs, clubbing golf balls, or the notion of any comparison to summer days going to the beach. But that’s exactly what one group of Sister Bay friends calls what to most is […]

  • Satisfying a Niche: The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art

    I, like many Northern Door folk, seem to keep just busy enough that my spare time is more often than not filled with mundane tasks such as laundry and dishes rather than exploring the wonders of this great place. However, the fact that my free time is rare does not stop me from dreaming up […]

  • Land of Midnight Sun Comes to Light in Door County: Scandinavian traditions in the Door

    Scandinavians staying in Door County have been known to experience a more friendly type of “Stockholm Syndrome” whereby the affected travels thousands of miles to feel as if he never left home. Case-in-point is recent Swedish immigrant Helene Ingsten-Anderson, owner of Flora Special Occasion Flowers in Sister Bay, who sees glimpses of her homeland at […]

  • Ceramic Performance

    He was trained as an actor at Carnegie Mellon University. So it comes as a surprise to him, as much as anyone, that his life’s work is now forging ceramic art. When Chad Luberger, owner of Plum Bottom Pottery, talks about the transition from acting to pottery he finds an unexpected geometry of connections. “When […]

  • Speeding Off to “Virtual Work” on the Information Highway

    Every morning Jana Raines of Baileys Harbor finishes her morning coffee and a chat with her husband and leaves for work – in Somerset, New Jersey, 1,047 miles away. It takes only seconds as she sits at her desk, just off the living room, turns on her computer and logs onto the company’s website with […]

  • Door County’s Old Ski Hills: Warm Memories of Cold Winter Fun

    Many Door County locals experience a wave of nostalgia every time they drive past Little Sweden on Highway 42 between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. A quick glance in the direction of those rolling hills brings back fond memories of a crackling fireplace, knit caps, seeing your breath in the cold air, lace-up boots and […]

  • A Little Less Isolated: DCA Lecture Series brings world issues to the Door

    Each January, Door County experiences a mass exodus as the snowbirds fly away to warmer climes. The hearty souls who remain hunker down for the winter to enjoy the pastimes of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and indoor activities, many of which include sitting by a roaring fire…and that includes the fire burning in the Door Community […]

  • Guarding the Door: The Peninsula’s United States Coast Guard

    Mariners through the centuries have faced the reality of Lake Michigan’s relentlessly changing moods. Violent storms, raging windswept waves, fog, shoals and reefs have ushered ships and their crews to their ice-water graves off the shores of Door County. Those conditions are no less imminent today as they were then; yet, through it all there […]