Landmark Resort of Egg Harbor Wins Best Pumpkin Display

Landmark Resort’s winning Pumpkin Patch display.

• Sixteen Egg Harbor businesses competed during this year’s Pumpkin Patch festival for the best pumpkin/scarecrow display. This year’s top displays were as follows:

1st place: Landmark Resort for “Pumpkin Patch is Hoppin’”

2nd place: Something Fishy for “Pumpkinosity: You’ll Never Roam Alone”

3rd place: Patricia Shoppe for “Alice in Wonderland”

4th place: Door County Nature Works for “Farm Living at Nature Works”

5th place: Newport Resort for “The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch in Door County”

Judges were Nancy Fisher and Miriam Erickson. Display photos can be viewed at

Children are invited to trick-o-treat through the streets of Egg Harbor during the Holiday Safe Walk on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 2 –4 pm. A list of trick-o-treat locations will be available after Oct. 29. For more information, contact the Egg Harbor Visitor Center at 920.868.3717 or visit

• Melanie Croke of the Door County Frame Station has joined the staff of the Artists Guild LLC.

“Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our framing department,” said owner of the Artists Guild, Sarah Bradley. “Her eye as an artist and generous personality are attributes we are confident will enhance the framing experience for our customers.”

When Croke isn’t framing, she is an artist and full time student at the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art in Algoma.

In purchasing the Door County Frame Station, Artists Guild merges a premiere art supply store with expert framing. Established in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay by Croke, the Door County Frame Station has been known throughout Door County for high quality framing at affordable pricing, a philosophy that has already been established at the Artists Guild. Bradley is pleased that the Door County Frame station is returning to Sturgeon Bay where it all began.

Artists Guild is located at 117 N 3rd Ave in Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.743.9900.

• Pam Busch, Door-Tran’s Mobility Manager, received the Mobility Management Certification in Wausau on September 22 from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The certification was obtained after two years of training provided by WisDOT. Curriculum included completion of 22 courses, peer-sharing presentations, one year of Mobility Management experience, and successful completion of the Mobility Management exam.

James McLary and Ingrid Koch present Pam Busch (center) with her Mobility Management Certification.

WisDOT’s focus is to provide training on topics relevant to mobility management activities, and to foster and encourage the development of a mobility manager peer network through which practices founded on experience, ideas, and feedback can be easily and efficiently shared with other mobility managers in the state and throughout the country.

Door-Tran, which leads the 43-member Door County Transportation Consortium, is a creative community network dedicated to connecting people to transportation services that are affordable, available, and accessible. Door-Tran currently provides free car pool matching, half-price travel vouchers, and operates an information and referral transportation phone line. Busch tracked all unmet needs for future planning and works with local providers to include non-profit and for-profit on coordination of services.

For more information call 920.743.9999 or 877.330.6333 or visit

• Cari Lewis McMahon will assume the role of executive director of the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on December 6, 2010. Lewis McMahon joins DCA following six years working as executive director of The Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Lewis McMahon has been an active member of Klamath County Rotary, Discover Klamath’s Board of Directors, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters). She is a current participant in a Leadership Development Institute led by Arts Presenters and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

Before joining The Ross Ragland Theater in 2004, Lewis McMahon worked for Cleveland Opera’s education department as a project coordinator and the Interlochen Center for the Arts Alumni Office as an events and communications coordinator.

Originally hailing from Howard’s Ridge, Missouri, Lewis McMahon graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy as a trumpet major before completing an arts management program at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. As part of Baldwin Wallace’s arts management program, she interned with many Cleveland area arts organizations including Cleveland Ballet, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Akron Symphony, and The Old Stone Singers.

In addition to her passion for the arts, Lewis McMahon’s interests include cooking, yoga, cross-country skiing, and being outdoors with Maizy, her trusty Springer-spaniel.

For more information visit

• The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) Board of Directors named Jeff Larson its president, effective for a one-year term. Larson has been with the Landmark Resort for five years as Director of Marketing & Sales. Larson has more than 25 years experience in marketing, and served the EHBA as vice president for the past year.

The board elected Mike Fitzgerald as its vice president. He and his wife, Sharon, own and operate Gomy’s Goodies in Egg Harbor. Fitzgerald currently serves as a member of the Village of Egg Harbor Board of Trustees.

The board re-elected Deb Merkle-Schubert as treasurer. Merkle-Schubert is the Financial Center Manager for Baylake Bank in Egg Harbor.

Kate Rericha was elected secretary. Rericha is the director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Grant Writing for Birch Creek Music Performance Center.

Joe Smith is a new board member. Smith is the General Manager at Shipwrecked Restaurant, Brew Pub & Inn.

Continuing board members include Lisa Harding, John Moravec, and Mary Anne Scherer.

The EHBA, which operates a visitor center in Egg Harbor, represents the Village and Town of Egg Harbor. For more information visit

• Elizabeth Moriarty has opened HERBOLOGIE Atelier Apothecary at the Top of the Hill in Fish Creek. The shop has a classic apothecary presentation, and offers medicinal teas and tisanes, bath salts, herbal soaks, body oils and butters, liniments, body wraps, tinctures, exfoliates, deodorants, spa brushes and robes, and tea-making supplies.

Therapeutic series include Musculo-Skeletal, Injury & Ailment, Vapor Cold & Flu, Sinus Therapy, Mother & Baby, Hygiene, Body Remedy, and Beauty Remedy. Formulations feature the use of organic whole plant extracts and fine, cold-pressed organic oils, organic essential oils, and probiotic ingredients, such as yogurt extract. Holistic support strategies for autoimmune conditions are emphasized, as is support for women’s and men’s specific needs, convalescence and elder health, and general immune support.

HERBOLOGIE Atelier Apothecary, open 11 am – 5 pm, daily (closed Monday), is located in the Top of the Hill shops on the corner of County F and Spring Road in Fish Creek.

For more information call 920.868.5500.

• In May, PGA Golf Professional Paul Becker signed a lease with Baylake Bank, current owner of the Maxwelton Braes Golf Course, to operate the course, located just south of Baileys Harbor on Highway 57.

Originally from Door County, Becker came back to the area with extensive golf course management experience. Prior to becoming general manager for Maxwelton Braes, he was part owner, general manager, and PGA golf pro at Hidden Glen Golf Club in Cedarburg, WI.

“Play on the course has been very good. We’ve done very well,” Becker said. “There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from people thanking me for what I’m doing here.”

The 18-hole golf course is part of the Maxwelton Braes Golf Resort property currently being marketed for sale by Links Capital Advisors, Inc. The resort property also includes an 18,000 square foot clubhouse that contains a bar and restaurant, a 200-person banquet facility, and 12 lodging units. At this time, only the golf course is open for business. Links Capital Advisors, Inc., has been hired to actively seek a buyer for both the resort and golf course.

“The golf course will remain open through the end of October for sure, but maybe longer. Mother nature will determine how long we play,” Becker said. Reservations for the course are accepted but not required. For more information call 920.421.GOLF(4653). For more information on the sale of Maxwelton Braes contact Chris Charnas with Links Capital Advisors at 847.866.7192.

• The Sister Bay Post Office retail counter will open later and close earlier. The new hours of operation will take effect on November 5, 2010. Mail delivery will be unaffected by the change.

The retail counter will be open Monday through Friday, 9 am – 3:45 pm and Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

According to Postmaster Karen Sunstrom adjusting retail hours will allow supervisors greater flexibility for scheduling staffing to adjust to fluctuating lobby traffic, which will increase operational efficiency and reduce operating costs.

• T. Ashwell’s Fine Dining in Ellison Bay announced that the restaurant will be closing for a fall break and will be resuming dinner service for the Thanksgiving holiday. The restaurant will be open for Halloween weekend and will close on Sunday, Oct. 31.

This will be the last chance for patrons to enjoy T. Ashwell’s famous Fall Harvest Pumpkin Salad before the season ends, and will also be a chance to say goodbye to two T. Ashwell’s employees: longtime house manager and head bartender Zack Lozoff, who has spent six seasons at the restaurant, and Melissa Ripp, who has served at T. Ashwell’s for two seasons.

“I wanted to thank Zack for his years here and the relationships that he’s built with our customers, and also wanted to wish he and Melissa well as they move to Chicago,” said Chef Tom Ashwell Smith.

To celebrate the last week of the season, live piano music will be featured from Thursday through Sunday, with Dan Hansen on Thursday and Sunday evenings, Doug Ehlert on Friday evening, and Kim LaRae on Saturday evening. T.Ashwell’s will offer Appetizer Night on Thursday, its special three-course tasting menu on Friday evening, and its usual full menu on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Reservations for dining are encouraged and can be made by calling 920.854.4306. T. Ashwell’s, located at 11976 Mink River Road, opens for dinner at 5:30 pm Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit