Maritime Museum Holiday Ornament Bidding Open

The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) has resurrected the Holiday Ornament Showcase, a popular holiday fundraising event that is certain to brighten the homes of those fortunate enough to win one or more of the ornaments or artwork. Bidding opened Friday, Nov. 20, and will continue through Dec. 8.

Approximately two dozen beautiful ornaments and pieces of art will be on display in the Sturgeon Bay Museum’s Reddin Bridge Room. These one-of-a-kind ornaments have been produced by some of Door County’s most distinguished artists, such as Bonnie Hartman, Katherine Mand Beck, Renee Schwaller and Jerry Waite. The ornaments cover a wide spectrum in both design and material, ranging from hand-carved wooden folk characters to elaborately hand-painted glass balls; and several unique items, including a foray into fused glass by popular watercolorist Kari Anderson. Framed paintings from well-known artists Karsten Toppleman and Cal Bonnivier, created specifically for the showcase, will also be up for bidding in the silent auction.

“It’s been eight years since we’ve had a holiday event of this type,” said Trudy Herbst, the Museum’s Director of Development, “we thought it would be fun to bring it back.”

Lucy Richter, volunteer Event Coordinator, added, “Apparently, our local artists did too, because we’ve had wonderful participation.”

Bids may be placed anytime during regular Museum hours; the Museum is open seven days a week from 10 am – 5 pm (closed Thanksgiving Day). Admission to the Museum is required to access the Ornament Showcase, but Museum members are admitted free. Bids may also be placed by proxy.

The final bidding opportunity will be during the Annual Museum Member Mixer on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 8. Non-members may attend the dessert social for a $12 fee. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the Maritime Museum’s Anchor Appeal campaign.

The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Call 920.743.5958 or visit for more information.