• 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, […]

  • Chemist Who Transformed American Brewing Made Pit-stop in Door County

    The headline read “Would Hide Death In Rose.” “Robert Wahl was accused yesterday of having expressed a desire to kill his wife by the use of a poisonous perfume placed on a rose,” read the first line of the article in the Chicago Tribune dated Jan. 23, 1909. He had second thoughts, however, primarily about […]

  • First Door County Sheriffs Were True Pioneers

    In the mid-1800s, Door County was a remote frontier wilderness. As the area became settled, the need for law enforcement grew. The early sheriffs were a unique collection of men coming from diverse backgrounds. None were career lawmen, rather taking office to supplement their income and even then not with salary but per-diems and fees. […]

  • Vinyl Resurgence: Records Return to the Peninsula

    Door County vinyl collectors have some exciting choices with the recent opening of three new outlets for the back-from-the-dead music format. “I grew up in record stores,” said Adam Pokorski of Rusty Dusty Vintage & Records in Sister Bay. “A record store is my sanctuary, a place to hang out and find new music. A […]

  • Washington Island Birding Festival: A Recap

    by Tim Sweet My mother always taught me it’s not polite to point, and I shouldn’t interrupt when someone else is talking. I have since learned, however, that manners don’t always count in the world of birding enthusiasts. If you see a bird, you have to let others know quickly, or it will be gone. […]

  • Celebrated Door County Horseman Rides in Extreme Mustang Makeover

    by Cindy Germain Stay away, thinks the horse, I do not know you. The horseman comes closer and whispers “It is OK, I will not hurt you. Soon we will become very good friends.” And so it begins, the relationship between the man and the horse that will lead to many days of training and […]

  • Egg Harbor Awash with Business Activity

    If you haven’t been to the Village of Egg Harbor in a while, things have changed. A lot. Door County’s first craft brewery, Shipwrecked, has risen from the ashes of the fire that gutted the building last August and should be open next month. Just to the south, Hatch Distillery is preparing for a July […]

  • Art Dedication Brings Opportunity for Julyda

    The husband-wife duo Julyda kicks off their Midwest tour celebrating the release of their first record, Do You Hear Me, with a show at Carrington Pub in Egg Harbor from 6-8 pm Saturday, May 26. Why would the Minneapolis couple perform their first show in Egg Harbor? The performance also serves as a post-dedication party […]

  • Start Memorial Day Weekend at Maifest

    A weekend of fun is on tap in Jacksonport during Memorial Day weekend as the community prepares for the 46th annual Maifest celebration, May 26 & 27. Since 1973, the lakeshore community has hosted Door County’s unofficial summer kick-off festival at Lakeside Park, located at the intersection of County V and Highway 57. Event highlights […]

  • 2018 New Businesses, Owners and Locations

    Our comprehensive list of the new businesses, business owners and locations in 2018. Find all of the new restaurants, shops and services available in Door County this year. A+ Lawn and Maintenance, 4814 Hillside Road, Egg Harbor, 920.421.1287 Residential and commercial.   Traveltrends by Ann, Juddville, 866.399.9993 Travel consultant.   Babierge  The largest baby gear […]