Winter 2012/2013 – volume 10 issue 4

Editor Madeline Johnson

Associate Editor Allison Vroman

Arts & Literature Editor Sally Slattery

Contributing Editors Myles Dannhausen Jr., Jess Farley, Gary Jones, Brittany Jordt, Matt Ledger, Roy Lukes, Sam Perlman, Andrew Phillips, Katie Lott Schnorr, Katie Sikora, Sally Slattery, Carol Thompson, Len Villano, Patty Williamson

Photography Director Len Villano

Photography Editor Katie Sikora

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In this issue

  • The Evergreen Trees of Winter

    I was very fortunate as a boy growing up in Kewaunee that my dad loved trees so much, especially the evergreens. Several little White Spruces, most likely uprooted from my dad’s home farm woods, were planted in several locations. The one growing on our south front lawn was small enough that we young squirts could […]

  • Katie Sikora

    Where Underwater Treasures Lie

    Mention archeology in Door County and people will likely envision dusty excavations in an Egyptian pyramid. But there’s plenty of action much closer to home – right offshore, in fact, beneath the waters that surround us. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Great Lakes were teeming with sail- and steam-powered ships, and hundreds […]

  • UW Sea Grant, Wisconsin Historical Society

    Baileys Harbor Water Hold Tales of Sailing Ships

    It is ironic that what would become Baileys Harbor was chanced upon in 1848 by a sea captain who found safe shelter from a storm. In the 164 years since that fortuitous event, there have been more boating tragedies off Door County than in any other location on Lake Michigan, and 61 of the wrecks […]

  • Tempting Tailgate Foods

    Tailgating has evolved around the “bratwurst,” and we need to bow our heads for a moment of silence and praise the brat, an item of perfection by itself. When pairing food with standing, drinking beer and watching football, the brat is where it’s at. Add a little onion, ketchup, mustard or kraut and you are […]

  • Katie Sikora, cheese curds

    Cheese Curds: A Wisconsin Delicacy

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, I have eaten a fair amount of fried cheese in my 27 years. Working in restaurants in Door County over the course of many summers, I have also served a large number of cheese curds to folks visiting our beloved peninsula. So I have heard tourists ask the million-dollar question […]

  • Katie Sikora, meat

    Locally Raised, Locally Cut: Marchant’s Meat

    At Marchant’s Foods in Brussels meat processing is all about continuity, in multiple senses of the word. It’s not just about knowing where your food comes from and how it’s handled before it arrives in your refrigerator or freezer. It’s also about knowing who it’s being handled by. “We’ve been coming here for 50 years,” […]

  • Katie Sikora, Door Reminder

    The Door Reminder: Six Decades of Tradition

    Lon Kopitzke gently lifts old papers from a stack that spans generations. At the bottom of the pile is the first ever issue of the Door Reminder, founded by his father John in 1947. At the top, the last issue, printed by publishing giant Gannett in 2010. Between them lies six decades of industry changes, […]

  • Len Villano, Fred Johnson

    “Door County Almanak” Revisited

    Door County readers are familiar with the iconic Farmer’s Almanac and Benjamin Franklin’s classic Poor Richard’s Almanac, but unless they were turning pages during the 1980s, they may not be aware of the Door County Almanak phenomenon. Five theme-based volumes of the Almanak appeared during that decade, the first in 1982 and the last, 1990. […]

  • Len Villano, group of people

    Local Food Movement Brings Young Folks Back to the Farm

    Meg Goettleman apologizes as she breaks away from our conversation. A customer waves as she walks down the small hill behind Goettleman’s home, and now Meg has gone to greet her. She shares a big laugh with Meg, then a hug, as she approaches the small barn, inside of which the week’s treasure awaits – […]

  • Katie Sikora, Pac Van

    The Pac Van Transports Game-Goers, Carries Memories

    A gathering of green and gold clad Packers fans meet on a brisk October morning at the Sturgeon Bay home of Brian Frisque and Jen Jorns. It’s game day in Wisconsin. The Green Bay Packers, otherwise known as ‘we’ to Wisconsites, are playing the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon at Lambeau Field. Frisque loads a 15-passenger, […]

  • Len Villano, Paul Sawinski

    Bassist Paul Sowinski

    Paul Sowinski recalls seeing The Beatles when he was four or five on The Ed Sullivan Show in his childhood home in Wausau and thinking:  “Screaming women – that’s what I want.” Though “screaming women” is not the profile of most Door County live music crowds, Sowinski has made a name for himself and gathered […]

  • Len Villano, Hands On Art Studio

    Hands On Art Studio

    On Peninsula Players Road, just south of Fish Creek, there’s a creative playground for people of all ages, a place where both artists and amateurs can release the impulses rambling around inside their brains and transform them into something real. That place is Hands On Arts Studio, an artistic arena co-owned by Cy Turnbladh and […]

  • Katie Sikora, Ping Wu

    Ping Wu Studios

    Ping Wu’s Sister Bay photography shop is elegant yet cheerful with silver grey walls and a simple conference table. Curtains with a colorful, yellow, vintage print make the windows pop. But when you enter, your eye is immediately drawn to the wall of vibrant color wedding photographs, quintessential Door County scenes with textured backdrops of […]

  • Len Villano, Patty Degenhardt

    Patty Degenhardt

    Upon entering Patty Degenhardt’s bright, colorful gallery featuring an array of large abstract paintings, small-scale bronze sculptures, and ceramic mugs, bowls, and plates, one may assume she represents a number of artists. “I love to do it all, obviously,” she smiles. “I think there is an optimum medium for every idea you have. Sometimes I […]