Category: Winter

  • How Bob Spielman Became the Winter Fest Guy

    It’s about 48 hours before Winter Festival kicks off in Fish Creek and organizer Bob Spielman is wondering how to get the Happy Schnapps Combo van to the stage amidst the beer-drinking bowlers in the main tent. “That’s still kind of a mindblower to me,” said Spielman from his woodworking shop in Fish Creek. “Then […]

  • Join the Stumpf Fiddle Contest at 2016 Winter Fest

    On Feb. 6 at 2:30 pm, music and entertainment enthusiasts of all ages from near and far are invited to partake in a free, one-of-a-kind Stumpf Fiddle Contest at Fish Creek Winter Festival. Gibraltar Schools’ band director Charlie Eckhardt will emcee the contest. No experience with the Stumpf Fiddle is necessary (or expected) for this […]

  • Pond Hockey

    Winter Carnival Brings Icy Fun to Baileys Harbor

    Plan on heading to Baileys Harbor on Feb. 5 – 7 for the third annual Winter Carnival, featuring the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Friday night kicks off with live music by Brass Differential at Door County Brewing Co. in the Tap Room at 7 pm. Saturday morning begins with the 8th Annual Great Waffle […]

  • Winter Festivals, Pond Hockey, Super Bowl & More Weekend Plans

    It’s a weekend of celebrating the quiet season in Door County! Head to the lake side to celebrate Baileys Harbor’s Winter Carnival and the 3rd Annual Pond Hockey tournament or head to the bay side for Fish Creek’s 29th annual Winter Festival. No matter where you spend the weekend, you’re sure to stow away some […]

  • More Winter Class Offerings in February at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Program classes continue with more than 36 new classes starting in February. Join your neighbors in snowshoeing protected lands with a naturalist guide, paint in watercolor or water-based oils, create a decorative gourd or weave a slim tote basket. Learn about the African American Experience 19th century America. Philosophy topics […]

  • Winter Wine and Cherry Fest at Orchard Country Winery & Market

    Discover the fun of winter at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market on Feb. 6, 10 am – 4 pm. The annual Winter Wine and Cherry Fest will include complimentary wine and specialty food product tasting – featuring the popular tart Montmorency cherry in celebration of National Cherry Month; plus an assortment of food and […]

  • Everyone Invited to Join Groundhog Day Parade

    The Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade will be held Feb. 2 at 4 pm through downtown Ellison Bay. Build a float, decorate your car, walk your dog (or decorate your dog) or just cheer from the sidelines. Everyone is invited. Participants are asked to gather at the Baylake Bank parking lot at 3:15 pm for […]

  • Pulse Price Report: How Much Does A Snowstorm Cost?

    For a while, rural municipalities, including Door County’s, were happy with the state of El Niño. It was warm and that meant savings in budgeted road maintenance. There was no need to pay overtime for snow removal or tons of salt and sand to spread all over the roads only to end up dried on […]

  • Winter Fest is Fish Creek’s Feel-Good Festival

    Fish Creek’s annual Winter Festival turns 29 in 2016. From Feb. 5 – 7, visitors and locals from all walks of life will flock to the large, heated tent at Clark Park in Fish Creek to enjoy family-fun games (both on and off the ice), a chili-cook off, exciting stage events, fireworks, and much more. […]

  • Record Number of Teams in Door County Pond Hockey Tourney

    A record 32 teams will take to Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor Saturday, Feb. 6, for the third annual Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Teams from Green Bay, Madison, Chicago and Door County will all be on the ice competing for the coveted Stanley Thermos. Organizers will create 10 rinks on the lake and the […]

  • Bring Your Chili to Winter Fest’s “Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-Off”

    Cooks of all culinary abilities, from novice to expert, are invited to compete for the next “Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-Off” crown at Fish Creek’s 29th Winter Festival on Feb. 6. Gift certificate prizes and impressive bragging rights will be awarded to the first, second and third place chili winners. All participants should bring a crockpot […]

  • Films, Candlelight Ski, Play Readings & More Weekend Plans

    From classic film-themed parties to a candlelight ski event, you’re sure to find something enjoyable waiting for you this weekend. Friday, January 29 Frostbite Party Pull out your fedora, curl your hair and slip into a vintage frock as Turtle Ridge Gallery celebrates the black and white shades of winter with its annual Frostbite Party. […]

  • An Icy Piscatorial Pursuit: Europe Lake Attracts Pair of Kenosha Anglers

    Last weekend was free ice fishing weekend in Wisconsin, meaning anyone could fish without a license. I set out on Saturday in search of hardy ice fisherfolk, convinced that hordes of them would be out there taking advantage of the state’s invitation to fish for free. I first drove to Kangaroo Lake to see if […]

  • Enjoy A Moonlight Ski at Crossroads

    The ski and snowshoe equipment for Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ski for Free program is housed in their Maintenance Building, but many families wisely stop by the Collins Learning Center to use the restrooms and bubbler before heading out. The volunteers, members of Friends of Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports Alliance, help fit folks […]

  • Frigid Fun In Door

    After an unseasonal detainment, the snowy and cold portion of the year is finally upon us. Winter enthusiasts have had to wait a bit longer than usual to enjoy the activities that are provided during the frigid months, but now the frost-bitten ground seems to be here to stay for its appointed season. As much […]

  • Take A Snowshoe Hike to Hidden Brook with The Ridges

    Is winter’s late onset already giving you a case of cabin fever? Work up an appetite with a snowshoe hike over the brook (Hidden Brook) and through the woods at The Ridges on Jan. 27 at 11:30 am. Afterwards enjoy a delicious box lunch at the Cabins along with lively discussion about winter ecology. Luncheon […]

  • Door County History, Mad Hatter’s Ball, A Cappella & More Weekend Plans

    If ever there were a time for Door County history buffs to brave the cold in favor of interesting historical presentations, this weekend is definitely it. Learn about the historic girls’ camp that once stood in Peninsula State Park and hear about one of the county’s most interesting men, Hjalmar Holand, from another of the […]

  • “Cosmic Collisions” and Ski for Free at Crossroads

    On Jan. 15 at Crossroads at Big Creek, the film “Cosmic Collisions” will be screened at 2 pm. The film will feature astronomy. This production, created by the American Museum of Natural History and NASA and narrated by Robert Redford, explains the many collisions which have resulted in the solar system as we know it. […]

  • Ice Carvers Needed for Fire and Ice 2016

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is currently seeking beginner, intermediate and advanced ice carvers for Fire and Ice 2016. The ice carving competition will take place from 9 am to 2 pm on Feb. 13. A panel of volunteers will judge all ice carvings. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded based on competitor level […]

  • Free Music, Family Art Day, Winter Hikes & More Weekend Plans

    It’s sure to be another beautiful and quiet weekend on the peninsula. Looking for something fun to do? We’ve got our top picks for the weekend ahead to get you out of the house! Friday, January 15 Loaves and Fishes Enjoy a free family style meal at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College during this month’s Loaves […]