• Haunted Peninsula: A Look at Places with Spirited Reputations

    Editor’s note:  This is a condensed version of a feature in the fall issue of Door County Living. You can feel it driving around on the dark, country back roads at night or right after turning off the light for bed before your eyes adjust. It’s heavy. It makes your skin tingle. Maybe you freeze; […]

  • A Look at the Boys & Girls Club: Part 2

    A great future doesn’t exist without a living-wage job. And for kids looking forward to a future in Door County, that means a solid foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). That’s why the academics-enriched program at the Boys & Girls Club of Door County (B&GCDC) has invested in top-quality materials that include the […]

  • A Look at the Door County Boys & Girls Club: Part 1

    Several years ago, the Door County Economic Development Corporation brought in a speaker, Patrick Carr, who talked about “rural brain drain” – the thing that happens when the brightest kids in a community receive the most attention, go off to college and then take their degrees to urban centers, where the best-paying jobs are. “Rural […]

  • Egg Harbor Administrator Ryan Heise Wins State Arts Award

    When she operated Dovetail Gallery in Egg Harbor for 21 years, Kathleen Mand Beck expended a lot of brainpower on how to get people into the gallery. That eventually led her to the idea that art isn’t a place and it doesn’t stop at the gallery door. She sold the gallery four seasons ago, but […]

  • Behind the Scenes at the Death’s Door Juniper Harvest

    Fifty bartenders walk into a bar… it sounds like the start to a joke, but instead, it was my Tuesday night. Having just arrived to Washington Island, the group of bartenders, bar owners and myself were there to partake in an annual tradition that has helped bring new life to the local economy and agriculture, […]

  • Nonprofit Formed to Preserve Horseshoe Bay Farms

    For more than a century the barns of Horseshoe Bay Farms have been an imposing presence on Bayshore Drive near Murphy Park. Thanks to the work of two generous families those barns will stand for decades to come. Lori and David Nicholas have entered into an agreement to purchase the farm from Glenn and Barbara […]

  • Gloria Dougherty: A Woman with Two Passions

    It is said that every person has a story to tell. Gloria Dougherty has at least two. The one she was happiest to talk about on a recent day involves Amos, her almost-12-year-old golden retriever. When he was six, Amos attended classes at Birchwood Kennels in Sturgeon Bay to become a therapy dog. Tested off-leash […]

  • Capt. Robert Desh Brings Ship Canal History to Life

    For anyone born after 1882, the ship canal has been a familiar part of Door County’s landscape. But it’s difficult to imagine how it – officially the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal – could have been created nearly 14 decades ago in an era that was just beginning to put steam power to […]

  • For the Birds: Conference Examined Decline of Aerial Insectivores

    As 50 or so people stood looking up at the darkening sky with anticipation, a vortex of several thousand chirping chimney swifts swirled overhead in their nightly communal roosting ritual during fall migration, reminding at least one viewer of the bat scene “somewhere around Barstow” in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. […]

  • Starting an ‘Inclusion Revolution’ with Turning Point DC

    by John Koski Karl DeMeuse is a quintessential multi-tasker. Two days a week he works at Sonny’s Pizzeria, takes a short break and then completes an afternoon shift at Econofoods. They are only three-hour shifts, but it is impressive because Karl has physical and intellectual challenges. In addition, he mows lawns and creates needlework coasters […]

  • 26 Years at Shepherd of the Bay: Community to celebrate Gladys Austgen’s retirement

    by Jim Honig and Judith Jackson In September 1992, Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church invited Gladys Austgen to serve as organist and choir director. Now, 26 years later, the congregation will honor Austgen’s retirement with a celebration on Sunday, Sept. 2. There will be a rite in the 9:30 am worship service, and then […]

  • Ben Junion’s Spirit Lives on in Egg Harbor’s Win

    Thirty days after the biggest fan of the Egg Harbor Indians died unexpectedly due to complications from the muscular dystrophy he was diagnosed with in the 1st grade – 23-year-old Ben Junion – Jennifer Kacmarynski was wearing the war bonnet Ben wore to every Egg Harbor Indians game as she attempted to enthuse the crowd […]

  • Writing on Water: The Mahlbergs and Kangaroo Lake

    If it were possible to write on water, the names of Paul and Marilyn Mahlberg would be etched indelibly on Kangaroo Lake. Their connection to the area goes back to the 1800s, when Paul’s great-grandfather worked in the timbering trade around the lake. His grandson, Paul Mahlberg, Sr., and his wife, Antoinette, settled on the […]

  • Riding the Fourth Wave of Coffee at Discourse

    It’s not a common sentiment among business owners to push customers out of their comfort zones. Then again, conventionalism isn’t part of Ryan Castelaz’s approach at his Sister Bay coffee shop, Discourse: a Liquid Workshop. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary, so I talked with Castelaz about the past year and the delicious discomfort […]

  • Door County’s Aviation History: Coming! Coming! A Flying Circus!

    The historic aviators of Door County were not unique in the sense that they were enraptured with the miracle of flight. That was universal. But they brought a relentless dedication and spirit that turned a few dirt landing strips into symbols of our community and gave us the opportunity to view the peninsula with new […]

  • Wrestling Returns to Sturgeon Bay at County Fair

    When I say wrestling “returns” to Sturgeon Bay, there are a few important clarifications. First, this isn’t the kind of wrestling you find in the Olympics, or the kind that Sevastopol’s Jeremy Jorns competed in at the high school state tournament this year, or the type of wrestling that earned Kewaunee’s Jack Severin the title […]

  • Wisconsin Farm Center to Educate and Inspire

    If you have driven past Manitowoc on Interstate 43 any time in the last year, you may have noticed a big, beautiful brand new barn going up just west of the roadway. The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center (FWDC), a 29,000-square-foot agricultural exhibition space, held its opening for approximately 200 donors and members of the press […]

  • A Century of 4-H in Door County

    The first 4-H Club in the U.S. – there’s debate whether its name was the Tomato Club or the Corn-Growing Club – was established in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902. In Door County, 4-H celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Dawn VandeVoort, the 4-H Youth Development Educator with UW-Extension, told the crowd at a May […]

  • Parading Through History: Historic Floats of the 4th

    With the help of some old local photo albums, we pulled together some of the sights at Door County’s historic Fourth of July parades. For a list of events taking place to celebrate in 2018, click here>> [

  • Genevieve Heyward’s Life Touring, Writing on the Road

    Nineteen-year-old Genevieve Heyward is no stranger to Door County’s music scene. For years she’s been gracing the public with her ultra sultry voice and experienced guitar and piano playing. She’s been a regular performer at Steel Bridge Songfest, and this year she’s back for a fourth. But, even bigger things have been happening for her, […]