Sister Bay Buzz: April 28

By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator

  • I’m happy to report that the Village of Sister Bay’s Marketplace Redevelopment Project was named as one of four Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative award recipients, and village officials received a very nice award at a ceremony conducted at the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake on April 20. Wisconsin Rural Partners is a statewide nonprofit organization that develops rural networks and provides a voice for rural Wisconsin. The Sister Bay Marketplace site was formerly the site of a refrigerator manufacturer that was later repurposed into a shopping center. By 2008 the property had become blighted, and as part of a major downtown and highway reconstruction project the village partnered with the DNR and DOT to acquire the two-acre site in the heart of downtown. Seizing the opportunity to engage the community, village officials asked citizens to engage in a community prototyping session and creation of a consensus plan, and the project now features a number of small business friendly redevelopment sites, open green space, a public parking lot, and pedestrian/tourism amenities. “Rural Partners received 17 nominations this year for these prestigious awards, and there were many wonderful projects,” said Rural Partners Executive Director Rock Rolfsmeyer. “The four initiatives selected by the judges exemplify the best of all the great things rural Wisconsin has to offer.”
  • On May 10, 1 – 3:30 pm, an Asian Tea will be conducted at the Sister Bay Moravian Church, which is located at 10924 Old Stage Road, and the cost of admission, which includes one door prize ticket, is only $20 per person. Wickman House in Ellison Bay will prepare a variety of Asian delicacies, Amanda Shepit of Ellison Bay will provide Taiwanese desserts, the Linden Gallery of Ellison Bay will donate beautiful Asian items as door prizes, and Jeanee Linden will be on hand to talk about the history of the Asian countries which will be featured. Door prizes, entertainment, and a “fortune cookie challenge” will complete a delightful Asian afternoon in Door County. Of course, there will also be tea. Attendees are encouraged to wear Asian attire and accessories. All proceeds from the Asian Tea will go to the Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministries “Matthew 25” Program, which helps Northern Door residents with bills, food, medical equipment and transportation costs, as well as other essentials. For further information contact Cheryl Lubahn at 920.854.0007 or [email protected].
  • There will again be a Community-Wide Rummage Sale in Sister Bay, and it will run from 8 am to 4 pm on May 20. The registration forms for the sale are now available, and for a fee of only $15 anyone living in or around Sister Bay who participates in the sale will receive publicity in newspapers and websites throughout Wisconsin, two brightly colored Rummage Sale signs for their yard, and their sale site and a list of some of the items they will sell will be listed on official Rummage Sale Maps. If you have any questions or to obtain a registration form, call 920.854.3230.
  • To receive copies of agendas for any upcoming Village meetings please provide your name and email address to the folks in the village office. Agendas and packet materials can also be accessed on the village’s website,

If any of you know of special events occurring in the village, please provide that information to me at least two weeks in advance of the event. Also, if you have any questions about upcoming village projects or village operations please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 920.854.4118 and my email address is [email protected].

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