August has blown by. Summer’s not done yet, though; galleries are opening their final exhibits, concert series are having their final shows, and the natural world continues to invite exploration. Labor Day weekend is sure to be full to the brim with live music, celebrations, and performances.
Friday, September 1
Harbor Ridge Winery in Egg Harbor is hosting a serious quilt show, with more than 250 quilted items on display and for sale. Items include art quilts, lap quilts, table runners, and more. The show will go all day, starting at 10 am and ending at 5 pm.
Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery is opening their last show of the season, titled Making Marks /// Making Meaning. The exhibit will display works of art in different phases of completion, with sketches next to finished products and timelapse video showing a still life artist arranging her subject. The reception will run 5:30 – 7 pm.
Northern Sky Theater premieres their newest show, Naked Radio, on Friday. When a snowstorm wipes out the corporate radio feed at a small-town radio station, the two DJs have to come up with programming on the spot. Show begins at 7:30 pm at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.
Saturday, September 2
Enjoy some vintage Chicago Blues over a late lunch at Casey’s BBQ and Smokehouse in Egg Harbor. Lil’ Davy Max leads his band with soulful lyrics and ripping harmonica solos. Show is free and runs 1 pm – 4 pm.
Entertainment and live music take over downtown Sister Bay for this annual late summer celebration. With activities all day, starting with a pancake breakfast from 7 am – 10:30 am and ending with fireworks at 9 pm, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Oh, and it lasts through Labor Day, so go back for more on Sunday and Monday.
This Appleton-based funk band will get you moving and won’t let you stop. Made up of talented musicians who met as music students at Lawrence University, they all share a love for the funk and don’t mind sharing it. Porky’s plays 7 – 9 pm.
Sunday, September 3
Tennessee returns to Door County. Eric Lewis and a few of his friends always play the final show of Fishstock at Camp David every year, and they show no signs of letting up any time soon. Every musician who will take the stage Sunday night is a sight to see in their own right, which means this show isn’t one to miss if you like folk, bluegrass, country – anything acoustic. Tickets are $20/person, show begins at 7 pm.
Newport State Park in Ellison Bay is putting on a weekend of informative programs about Door County’s unique features. Sunday, a geologist leads hikes to delve into the history of the county’s rocks, Door County’s mushroom specialist Charlotte Lukes will get you ready for fall mushrooms, and guest astronomers from UW-Madison present on the night sky and provide an opportunity to use a high-powered telescope.