Special Thanks to Prize Donors!

The Peninsula Pulse would like to thank the generous businesses and individuals that donated prizes to this year’s Literary and Photo Contest. Each deserves our salute for their support of the literary and photography community!

• Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay. David and Jeanne Aurelius, owners of Clay Bay Pottery, have generously donated both time and skill to the literary contest through their production of customized pottery for contest winners. In past years, Clay Bay has donated both commemorative plates and over-sized mugs to first place winners – much prettier and more functional than your average trophy! To contact Clay Bay Pottery, just south of Ellison Bay on Highway 42, call 920.854.5027.

• Passtimes Books, Sister Bay. Passtimes Books, an independent bookseller in downtown Sister Bay, has made a cash donation to the contest. The bookstore, once owned by Hal Grutzmacher for whom the contest is named, is now owned and operated by his wife Marge Grutzmacher and his son Stephen Grutzmacher. The Grutzmacher family has contributed to the Pulse in countless ways over the years – kudos! To contact Passtimes, call 920.854.2127.

• Sharon Grutzmacher & Roger Bergen (daughter and son-in-law of Hal Grutzmacher) are pleased to be able to assist with the cash awards for the first place winners. Sharon is the Executive Director of the Peninsula Music Festival and Roger is the manager of Lampert Yards, Sister Bay.

• The Peninsula Music Festival. For 57 years, the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) has presented nine different symphonic concerts in three weeks each August. Under the baton of Victor Yampolsky, professional musicians come from America’s finest orchestras to present the concerts. The PMF performs in the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. August 4 – 22 season highlights include pianists Lilya Zilberstein, Stewart Goodyear and William Wolfram as well as Grammy Winning Violinist James Ehnes. Order tickets by phone:  920.854.4060 or at Many thanks to PMF for donating $80 gift certificates for our second place winners.

• The Peninsula Bookman, Fish Creek. Peter Sloma, owner of The Peninsula Bookman in downtown Fish Creek and Literary Editor for the Peninsula Pulse, has also contributed to this year’s contest with $25 gift certificates that will be awarded to the third place winners in each category. The Peninsula Bookman specializes in new and used books and has done much to support the Door County literary community. To contact The Peninsula Bookman, call 920.868.1467.

Thank you to all!