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  • Jack O’Lantern Days, Dark Songs, Halloween & More Weekend Plans

    It’s the holiday weekend costume lovers have been preparing for all month – Halloween! There are plenty of places to wear your costume this weekend, including Jack O’Lantern Days in Fish Creek, Scaryoke at the Door Community Auditorium, The Rocky Horror Picture Show showing at Third Avenue Playhouse, or at the Dark Songs performances. Check […]

  • “Halloween in the Garden” Lecture at Crossroads

    On the final two weekends of October, Crossroads at Big Creek will offer a one-credit graduate level class for teachers through the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Educational Outreach program. Class times are Oct. 23, 5:30 – 8 pm, and Oct. 24, 9 am – 3 pm. Called “Teaching Archaeology in the Elementary School,” this class […]

  • Learn about Conifers of The Ridges during Hike

    Have you ever wondered why some trees have leaves while others have needles? Learn more about coniferous, or cone-bearing, trees at Conifers of The Ridges at 10 am on Oct. 24. During a brief classroom introduction, a Ridges naturalist will explain the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees and why conifers thrive in the habitat […]

  • Going Native: Monarchs Found Good Food This Year

    By Peter Sigmann This year’s summer apparently was a good season for the Monarch Butterflies in Door County. They came in small numbers and found plenty of milkweed on roadsides and in protected or neglected sites to allow their larvae to develop. Some unfortunate monarchs had their development cut short when their host plants were […]

  • Fall Art Crawl, Classic Comedy, Trapper Schoepp & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend marks the kickoff of Halloween celebrations on the peninsula, along with Ellison Bay Arts’ Fall Art Crawl, autumn hikes in the great outdoors, and a visit by Milwaukee rockers Trapper Schoepp & The Shades. But these are just a few of our top picks for the weekend ahead! Friday, October 23 Kick Off […]

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    Ridges to Begin Box Lunch Hikes on Oct. 21

    Attend a Fall Wreath-Making Workshop on Oct. 17 at 2 pm, and learn how to incorporate natural items collected from woods, fields and yards. You’ll also learn to make fall candleholders. Meet at The Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q in Baileys Harbor. Workshop fees are $10 for Ridges members, $13 for the general public and […]

  • Learn about Sustainable Farming at Crossroads Presentation

    The Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin is presenting, “Preserving Door County’s Sense of Place While Promoting Sustainable Farming” featuring authors Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko on Oct. 28 at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. A meet-and-greet will be held at 6 pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:30 pm. […]

  • Oct. 17 Is Astronomy For Kids Day at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek, in collaboration with the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, is offering Astronomy For Kids on Oct. 17, 1 – 2:30 pm. Participants will learn about the sun, moon, planets and comets by participating in simple hands-on activities and by watching demonstrations. There may even be a […]

  • Fall Fest, WIFEE and the HUZz BAND, The Great Pumpkin Trail & More Weekend Plans

    Fall Fest, the granddaddy of all Door County festivals, hits the streets in Sister Bay this weekend bringing with it a vast offering of live music, great food, drinks, children’s games and fun. But if the thought of large crowds sends you into a tizzy, don’t fret – there are plenty of other things to […]

  • DPAS Hosts Viewing Night on Oct. 10

    On Oct. 10 at 7 pm, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) will host another viewing night at the Astronomy Campus at Crossroads at Big Creek. DPAS gathers on the Saturday evening closest to the new moon, when the sky is at its darkest because then, the stars, planets and deep sky objects are at […]

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    Enjoy the Fall Colors at The Ridges

    Learn about the inner workings of trees and how their fall preparations help them survive the dark, dry days of the winter season at “Fall Colors of The Ridges” on Oct. 10 at 10 am. An interactive classroom session is followed by a hike on the trails. Program fees are $10 for Ridges members, $13 […]

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    Kurtz Corral: A Door County Treat Since 1960

    Lloyd Kurtz, grandfather of Jimmy Kurtz, the current owner of Kurtz Corral, was a horse trader who made his first trade at age 14 with a band of traveling gypsies. He loved horses and never thought a few were enough. The roots of Kurtz Corral go back 55 years to a small pony ring in […]

  • Actors imitate William and Julia Duclon on duty at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum.

    Visit Eagle Bluff Lighthouse After Dark

    As night descends over the Door Peninsula, the lamp is lit at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. And as its beam brightens the night sky, the voices of past keepers whisper in the dark, their stories echoing in the dark. For the next two weekends, the Door County Historical Society invites guests to step back in time […]

  • Water Street Hot Shots, Pumpkin Fest, Iron Pour and More Weekend Plans

    Visit Door County in all its autumn glory and enjoy what local business and organizations have to offer, from evening tours of a historic lighthouse to a red hot iron pour and of course, Egg Harbor’s annual Pumpkin Patch. Friday, October 9 Evening Tours of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse For two weekends in October, the Eagle […]

  • OutDOORs with Coggin Heeringa: A Case for Not Mowing

    Trees are showing tantalizing hints of yellow and red. The fall color season is upon us. Motor coach tourists, bicycles riders, festival goers, weekenders, and the lucky people who live on the Door Peninsula have taken to the highways and byways to celebrate the beauty of October. Alas, they are missing one of the most […]

  • Hike the New Trails at Ida Bay Preserve

    Now that new trails are cut at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve, hikers can visit the mixed hardwood forest at the northeast corner of the Ida Bay property. The hike is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 10 am. Hikers should meet at the parking lot on Canal Road at the Buffalo Ridge Trail […]

  • Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Trail Ride Open to All Riders

    Youth and adults from all over Door County are looking forward to the annual Fall 2015 Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Trail Ride. The ride takes place Oct. 11 at Mary and Phil Bley’s farm at 6832 County Road T in Egg Harbor. Registration begins at 9 am and the ride starts at 10 […]

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    Great Lakes Islands Added to Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy announced the expansion of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge to include most of St. Martin Island and all of Rocky Island in Lake Michigan, adding another 1,290 acres to the 330-acre refuge. The islands are part of the Grand Traverse chain, which extends from […]

  • Door County Conservation Leaders Lauded at Statewide Ceremony

    Door County was prominently represented at the Monona Terrace in Madison on Sept. 24 when two local leaders were honored with Land Conservation Leadership Awards from Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts. Dan Burke, executive director of the Door County Land Trust (DCLT), and State Assembly Representative Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) took home two […]

  • Bringing the Outdoors In with Foliage Faces

    “Have you seen foliage faces on Instagram?” Vicki Rawlins asked the table. A group of 20 women peered down the table towards her, nodding. The assembly inside the Town Hall Bakery in Jacksonport was the first Sister Golden Flower Portrait workshop. Last year, artist Vicki Rawlins discovered the flower portraits on Instagram and began to […]