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  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance

    Working in American Folklore Theatre’s (AFT) office two fall seasons ago, I received a call from a woman who, like many people who call our office, was interested in purchasing tickets for our show at Ephraim Village Hall.

  • Siberian Sabbatical

    Hello to all. It seems amazing that I have been living away from home for almost four months now. Time flies. When I first arrived here time seemed to movie agonizingly slow.

  • Siberian Sabbatical

    Ni-How from Beijin! I guess it’s time again for me to sit down and write all about the deep, dark secrets of my life here for your examination and contemplation.

  • Siberian Sabbatical

    Well, we meet again everybody. As the Russians like to say, “to your health.” I have been living in Siberia for just about two months now. I have pretty much settled in with my host family, to the point of feeling comfortable enough to walk around in my underwear (hey, here everyone does it).

  • Siberian Sabbatical

    As you read this, I only hope the weather back home isn’t like the weather here in Siberia. This last week has been, yep, you guessed it, pretty crappy – cold with a slight freezing drizzle.

  • Siberian Sabbatical

    In a matter of hours I will be boarding an airplane and departing this country for the next 11 months. I have been constantly bombarded with the question by people who know my predicament, “Are you scared?” Hmmm, let me think about that… Heck yeah I’m scared! I am going to Siberia for the next 11 months of my life.

  • The Garden Bard

    For a driver, there are few sounds worse than the screech of one’s exhaust system dragging along an unforgiving highway. And that, unfortunately, is just how my Door County summer began.

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance

    As the dog days of summer approach the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) heaves a sigh of relief. I can almost feel the building expand with an exhalation of deep breathing.

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it…that some people are so quick to judge others without even knowing them?

  • Door to Nature

    There is one, among the myriad of wildlife species in Door County, which has come to be one of our favorite natural symbols of summer, the Monarch Butterfly.

  • Legally Speaking

    Wisconsin law includes provisions for two distinct rights for parents involved in divorce or paternity actions: legal custody and physical placement.

  • Jon Paul’s Maritime Diaries

    The last issue of this column covered the discovery of the British Warship HMS Ontario after resting on the bottom of the lake for 228 years. This column will cover the history of this unique American Revolution war vessel.

  • Guerrilla Gardening

    It is the “limiting factor” that ultimately defines any public space project.

  • Door County Environmental Council Column

    Eleven-year veteran reporter at Newsweek magazine and author of the award-winning book, The Great Lakes Water Wars, Peter Annin will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Environmental Council’s (DCEC) Annual Summer Program, Wednesday, August 20, 7 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

  • The Garden Bard

    As a kid, my two favorite movies were, without question, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Princess Bride, for two distinct reasons: Oompa Loompas and sword fights.

  • What Travel Writers Really Do

    Anyone who reads the Sunday travel section of a major newspaper has probably been lured to one destination or another by the descriptions and photographs that describe a certain place or region.

  • An Outlook

    August is one month the Door Peninsula finds me somewhat overwhelmed by my various responsibilities and duties. Thus, for this week’s column, I am offering a piece I wrote way back in February of 2001.

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it…that I have such a hard time making friends in Door County?

  • Door to Nature

    One of the most fascinating, beautiful, helpful and misunderstood insect groups is now on the wing, the dragonflies. A very appropriate nickname, “mosquito hawk,” has been used to describe their awesome aerial maneuverability along with their important place in our summer world, that of catching and feasting on especially mosquitoes and black flies.

  • Jon Paul’s Maritime Diaries

    After resting on the bottom for 228 years, the intact British Warship HMS Ontario has been found by shipwreck hunters. On May 24, explorers Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville located the Revolutionary War ship after a three-year search.