Sister Bay Buzz: Fall Fest Approaching

By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator

  • From 8:30 to 11 am on Sept. 30, Madonna Siles will demonstrate her skills and display some of her beautiful paintings at the Corner of the Past. While you’re there, be sure to visit the weekly farmers market, from 8 am to noon. Tis the harvest season, so there’s a ton of fresh produce available.
  • Mark your calendars for the 72nd Annual Fall Fest, the “Granddaddy” of all Door County Festivals, which will be held here in Sister Bay Oct. 13-15. In addition to all the regular festival activities there will be a parade, arts and crafts fair, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. This year there will be two new Fall Fest events. From noon to 4 pm on Oct. 14, “Touch-A-Truck” will be held at the Fire Station, and at 10 am on Oct. 15, an Adult Big Wheel Rally will be held. There will be all kinds of public safety equipment, trucks and tractors on display at Touch-A-Truck, and local firefighters as well as the owners of the trucks and tractors will be there to answer questions. The starting line for the Big Wheel Rally will be near the intersection of Maple Drive and N. Bay Shore Drive, and 16 teams, representing SBAA businesses, will compete in heats. Each team will consist of two starters and one driver, and entrants will compete for bragging rights and a totally awesome championship trophy to be displayed at the sponsoring business.
  • The work on the Hwy 57 Resurfacing Project, which will run from Baileys Harbor to Sister Bay, is underway and should all be completed by June 2018. Jeremy Ashauer, DOT project manager, informed me that a revised detour went into effect Sept. 25 as Hwy 57 is now closed from the intersection with Canterbury Lane to County Q for pipe replacement. That detour will only be in effect for a few more days. Access to all properties along 57 will still be maintained, but travel through the immediate work area will not be possible. Hwy 57 will be open for Fall Fest weekend, and after that all the previously mentioned work will be completed under flagging operations. A project website has been created. To access further information regarding the resurfacing project go to
  • The Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library is a very busy place these days. The Readers Rampant Book Discussion Group meets at the library on the second Tuesday of every month at 2:30 pm, and the topic of discussion on Oct. 10 will be The Lost Book of the Grail by Charles C. Lovett. New book club members are always welcome, and all of the featured books are available at the library. The library is hosting a beautiful depressed glass exhibit, which will culminate with an interactive and educational presentation by collector Dennis Appleton from 5:30 to 7 pm on Oct. 23. Appleton will talk about the history and expansive variety of styles of pristine Depression-era glass on hand in the display, as well as some additional gems he will be bringing with him. He will also offer free item identification and will appraise any depressed glass that people bring in. Christina asked me to pass the word along that summer hours will be in effect at the library through Oct. 21.
  • Did you know that Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant is mentioned as one of Oprah’s “Favorite Food Finds From All Fifty States” in the July issue of O Magazine? How cool is that?
  • A Marina Fest Committee Meeting will be held at 6 pm on Oct. 2. Please note that at least one representative of every nonprofit organization that participated in Marina Fest will be expected to attend. The Marina Committee will meet at 3 pm on Oct. 3, and the Parks Committee will meet at 2:30 pm on Oct. 5. All of those meetings will be conducted at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Station on Mill Road.

If you would like to receive copies of agendas for any upcoming village meetings please provide your name and email address to me or one of the other employees in the Administration Office. Agendas and packet materials can also be accessed on the village’s website.

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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