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By Eric Fischer   Northern Door County libraries will be rocking this week as the summer reading program continues.  This summer’s theme for the Door County Library system is Libraries Rock, and there are two programs this week dedicated to the theme.  On Tuesday morning at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove location, there will be a summer dance party at 10:30 am, and on Wednesday morning, kids can make their own instrument at the Egg Harbor branch.  Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken says these events are very kid friendly and act as the kickoff to the summer reading program at each location. [/audio] Both events are free to attend and require no prior registration.  To sign up for the summer library program, you can co...
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By Paul Schmitt     The village of Casco’s population is about 578 people, but this Sunday you can look for that to significantly increase.   Holy Trinity Catholic Parish will bring the community and visitors together for their 82ndannual church picnic.  The celebration, which draws hundreds of attendees every year, will start Sunday morning after the nine o’clock mass. Co-chair Lois Vandermeuse says the Casco Church Picnic always provides family-friendly activities and food. [/audio]   Live music will be provided all day until the picnic wraps up at about 6 pm, according to Vandermeuse.   The proceeds from the Holy Trinity Church Picnic, which usually nets about $20,000, goes towards maintaining the church and el...
Jun 22, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     One of the most popular tours booked by a local tour director is a unique trip with an unknown destination for its passengers.  Kathy Nooyan of Carefree Travel in New Franken has been scheduling tours for nearly forty years and the mystery tour remains an excursion that needs five bookings a year to meet the demand.  She shares the only hint provided to her customers when the frequent question of where the motor coach is headed is asked.   [/audio]   Nooyan says the mystery tour, with a 56-person capacity on the motor coach, can be anywhere from a three day trip to a weeklong adventure.  Carefree Travel’s next scheduled mystery tour is next week and it’ll be a five-day trip…..to who kno...
Jun 20, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Even though musicals like “Lumberjacks in Love” and “Guys on Ice” have experienced great success outside of the confines of its Peninsula State Park setting, Northern Sky Theater still keeps its home in mind. “Dairy Heirs” and “Boxcar” are the latest in the line of world premiere musicals written by either local writers or people that have come up through Northern Sky Theater’s ranks over the years. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says writers know their limitations based on their location and the family audiences they want to draw. [/audio] Herbst says the advent of the Internet is making it easier for other theater companies to access their past works for their consideration and give Northe...
Jun 19, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Some classic and heavy farm equipment will be competing and featured this weekend in Brussels.  The Brussels Antique Pullers are hosting the first of two tractor pulls this summer.  Formerly known as the ABC pulls, President Mike Baudhuin shares what is in store for attendees on Saturday. [/audio]   Baudhuin says there will be 20 classes competing in the antique tractor pull starting at noon on Saturday.  The free event will be held at the Mike Kinnard property at 1062 Pit Road in Brussels. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event starts at noon and is expected to run until approximately 5:00 PM.
Jun 19, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The 12 Annual Steel Bridge Songfest came to an end Sunday, after bringing hundreds of people from around the state to Door County.  The three-day festival hosted over 120 musicians playing original music at venues like the Holiday Music Motel, the Red Room, Brick Lot and more.  Sara Bichler, traveled from Green Bay to attend the festival and says she came to discover new music in a festival atmosphere. [/audio] Bichler adds that Geri X, who performed at the Red Room on Friday, was her favorite artist she saw play.  The Steel Bridge Songfest website features music from many of the artists who played over the weekend.
Jun 18, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Door County’s LGBTQ community will be holding the second annual Open Door Pride Festival as part of Open Door Pride Week in Sturgeon Bay.  June is National Pride Month and to celebrate Open Door Pride is expanding on last year’s single-day festival to include an entire week of events beginning Tuesday, June 19th with a Pride-themed film.  Events throughout the rest of the week will lead up to Open Door Pride Festival, with musicians, vendors, and more at Martin Park.  Co-organizer of the event, Cathy Grier says she hopes that the group can one day expand into a resource the community can use year-round. [/audio] Admission to all events for Pride Week is free.  For a full list of times and events, v...
Jun 16, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The 12th annual Steel Bridge Songfest will be filling the downtown and business venues throughout Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  Songwriters are performing original music Friday evening that was created in the past week.  melanie jane and pat mAcdonald have been organizing the event that was spurred by his sister Christie Weber to save the historic bridge.  melanie jane says the festival will continue with outdoor concerts at the Holiday Motel on North First Avenue. [/audio]   Musician Jackson Browne, who was at the inaugural event, will be on hand along with over 120 other musicians performing through Sunday.   You can find the Steel Bridge Songfest’s listing of venues and musicians for this weeken...
Jun 15, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Young girls and their fathers in the area will be dressing up and celebrating a special night this weekend. The 9th annual Door County YMCA Father-Daughter Ball is this Saturday night. YMCA CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the evening has become a big tradition over the years. [/audio]   Beerntsen says all community members are welcome and should pre-register for the “Father-Daughter Ball” which will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA location. For details see below.  
Jun 13, 2018
By Tim Kowols       While his time on TV’s “The Office” may give him name recognition, Rainn Wilson will allow participants a chance to see his depth as an actor and writer this week at the Door Kinetic Fine Arts Festival in Baileys Harbor. Wilson has ties to Wisconsin thanks to his wife Holiday Reinhorn and other family members, but his residency at Bjorklunden will mark the first time he has visited Door County. Festival artistic director Eric Simonson is a big reason Wilson is in the area as the two are working on a screenplay about the life of Stetson Kennedy, a Georgia author who is credited as being one of the biggest contributors to the demise of the Ku Klux Klan. Wilson says the experience will help get the screenplay read...
Jun 12, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The second year of the Public Art Initiative will bring more statues to the Town of Egg Harbor. Last summer the town debuted four statues as part of the “Natural Wonders” collection to increase the public art experience in the area. The goal continues this summer as Egg Harbor Administrator Ryan Heise says this year there are even more statues around town. [/audio] Heise adds that he is proud to see the town embracing a “creative economy” that draws people to Egg Harbor from across the state. The goal of the Public Art Initiative is to establish Egg Harbor as an art destination community.
Jun 11, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Some of the top professional musicians from around the country will descend on Door County next weekend in preparation for the Birch Creek Music Academy.  The Birch Creek Music Performance Center has hosted students ages 13-19 since 1976 and offers four, two-week camps where students receive intense mentoring to help further their music education and serve as a test to see if they are ready for a career in music.  Mona Christensen, Executive Director for Birch Creek says it’s not the traditional summer music camp. [/audio] The first concert of the season will be performed on Thursday, June 21st beginning at 7 pm.  The summer will start with the percussion and steel band group, followed by the symphon...
Jun 11, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Midsummer’s Music is gearing up for the summer concert series following a record-breaking kickoff event.  May 26th was the kickoff to the season with the Pro Arte Quartet performing in the Kress Pavilion to a crowd that broke the record for a May event.  The Opening Night Gala and debut of the Disparate Spirits set is scheduled for Friday, June 15th.  Allyson Fleck, the executive director for Midsummer’s Music, says she always looks forward to starting the season. [/audio] The Opening Night Gala will be at Birch Creek and starts at 7 pm.  Tickets are available for $60 on the Midsummer’s Music website.
Jun 10, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The Sturgeon Bay branch of the Door County Library system is starting a new campaign to engage the public this summer.  Every Saturday in the month of June, the library will be hosting book sales, beginning at 9 am and lasting until noon.  Aside from the popular book sales, Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken, says the library will also be active during Sturgeon Bay's farmer's markets this summer. [/audio] Both ideas are part of the Door County Library's summer reading program, meant to spark reading for children and adults.  The Ephraim branch of the library system will also be hosting its Annual Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 16th.
Jun 09, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Shepard of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will play host to a unique musical concert in June.  The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, which includes 16 ringers and 73 different handbells and hand chimes, will showcase their talents on Friday, June 22 at the church.  Concert series chair Greg Beem of Shepard of the Bay Lutheran Church says the audience will be amazed at the precision of the musical performers. [/audio]   The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. John Behnke who conducted a hymn festival last fall at the church.  The ensemble has performed all around the Midwest over the past 15 years.  The concert is free to the public at will begin at 7 pm on Friday, June 22. ...
Jun 09, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Live music will be heard throughout Fireman’s Park in Luxemburg Thursday evenings again this summer.  Every Thursday bands ranging from polka to classic rock music will be featured.  Volunteer Dan Porath says the evenings are a great way for the community to get together. [/audio]   Music in the Park is every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm and is subject to change.  Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments.  You can find a complete schedule of bands that will perform through August 23 with this story online.
Jun 07, 2018
By Tim Kowols       A Nebraska native and veteran performer is bringing her experiences with Scientology to the forefront when her solo show “Squeeze My Cans” opens on Thursday in Sturgeon Bay. Cathy Schenkelberg, a popular voice-over artist who also appeared on Chicago Fire and The Bozo Show, was a member of Scientology for 14 years before leaving the church in 2009. The show explores the twists and turns her life makes during her journey, including the harassment she faced when she left. During her travels around the world performing the show, Schenkelburg says she has been able to connect with young people about their own run-ins with Scientology. [/audio] Schenkelburg’s show opens on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a “pay w...
Jun 06, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Sister Bay will go to the goats this Saturday when the village hosts its sixth annual Roofing of the Goats and Goat Parade. Visitors to Sister Bay flock every summer to its downtown to catch a glimpse of the goats that have trekked to the peak of Al Johnson’s Restaurant since 1973. Sister Bay Advancement Association coordinator Louise Howson says there is a lot more going on than just a couple goats going on a roof.   [/audio]   The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m with activities continuing all day long at Hendricksen Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to the event to support the Koinonia Kupboard food pantry.
Jun 05, 2018
By Tim Kowols          The newly renamed Death’s Door Maritime Museum will make its season debut on Wednesday after roofing issues delayed its opening by over a week. The Gills Rock museum houses pieces of Death’s Door shipwrecks, the Plum Island Fresnel Lens, and the fishing tug Hope in addition to recently added augmented reality displays. The Door County Maritime Museum recently had to make the roof repairs to the building at a cost of $67,000, something Executive Director Amy Paul said last week will have an unfortunate consequence. [/audio] The Death’s Door Maritime Museum will be officially renamed in a ceremony during Gills Rock’s Fourth of July festivities. It will remain open through October.
Jun 03, 2018
By Tom Jordan          Right off Highway 42, as you approach Fish Creek, you’ll see a sign for Edgewood Orchards Gallery.  A lot of people have visited the gallery over the past half century. But more recently there is an added attraction that not everyone is aware of: The Sculpture Garden.   According to J.R. Jarosh, co-owner with his wife Nell, the garden was actually the result of him being a sleep-deprived father of infant twins. “One would cry and I’d get up and then the other would cry and I would get up and one night in a foggy moment I wrote down an idea I had for a garden. I forgot all about it until I saw it on the table the next day,” remembers Jarosh.   He shared the crude drawing wi...
Jun 03, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Celebrate Water Door County continues its year-plus long commemoration with a gallery opening at the Door County Community Foundation on Saturday. The organization routinely features artist’s works, but the pieces submitted by Emmett Johns of Fish Creek keep water as its theme. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says the gallery opening is just another event that allows people to pay tribute to the area’s natural beauty.   [/audio]   The opening reception for the “Water Works” exhibit will take place at the foundation’s offices from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Jun 01, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A local Jacksonport artist has the distinction of having her artwork purchased for display in the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay.  Sandra Martinez of Martinez Studio will have a painting of “Pinon Weaving Study” and a weaving of the painting by her daughter Malena.  Martinez says that she and her husband, Wence, have two pieces of artwork in the Smithsonian as well as a piece in the Museum of Mexican-Art in Chicago and the Wisconsin Museum of Art in West Bend.  She says they were honored to find out their artwork was being acquired by the local Miller Art Museum. [/audio]   The works were purchased with funds in memory of Lorraine Mengert, the former curator and director of the Miller Art Cent...
Jun 01, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A popular festival that features a unique cultural delicacy and music will again be featured at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  The annual Side Pork Festival is this Saturday.   Organizer Ryan Hoffman explains how the side pork will be cooked on the day of the event. [/audio]   Side Pork Festival 2018 will be from 9 am until about 6 pm Saturday at Martin Park and include over 30 vendors, as well as a, featured a “kids zone”, according to Hoffman.  Proceeds from the event will go towards programs at the Door County Sheriff’s Department like the K-9 project and other causes.
May 30, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The ceremonial first step in a two-building campus for the Northern Sky Theater started this past weekend.  One of Door County’s oldest and best-known outdoor performance companies broke ground on Sunday on the corner of County A and F in Fish Creek.  Artistic Director Jeff Herbst says the new campus, as well as improvements at the Peninsula State Park venue, are critical to the long-term future of Northern Sky. [/audio]   Construction on the production and storage facility has started with the second building, a creative center that will house administrative offices and a 250-seat theater that should be open in the fall of 2019.  Northern Sky Theater’s 2018 shows begin on June 13. (Photo subm...
May 30, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Music Mondays began this week at Donny’s Glidden Lodge in Door County.  Local musician Ruby James who is a solo artist and the lead singer of Wifee and the Huzz Band will be providing a weekly blend of her favorite songs on Monday evenings during the season.  James says her music influences include two iconic women of rock and blues. [/audio]   James, who has performed around the United States, began playing guitar and writing songs while she was attending college.    She attributes a lot of her love for this area to songwriter pat Macdonald, who she considers one of the greatest of all time.
May 28, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The Miller Art Museum is hosting a Milwaukee artist as part of the county-wide Celebrate Water Door County initiative. As part of the “Our Water Stories” exhibit focusing on water, artist Melanie Ariens will be speaking at the museum on June 14th, sharing her passion for the Great Lakes and how it inspires her artwork. Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Miller Art Museum executive director, says there will be diversity in the type of works on display in the exhibit. [/audio] Meissner-Gigstead adds Ariens also uses her passion for art to inspire local leaders and community members to engage in environmental issues, especially the water we all share. There will also be an opening reception for the exhibit on J...
May 27, 2018
By Tim Kowols       After a month of being on the road doing mystery dinner performances, Rogue Theater returns to its friendly confines at the Jaycee Clubhouse to perform a new show. “Beer for Dinner” is about a group of middle-aged buddies reuniting for a “guys weekend” before the appearance of the wife of an absent friend sets off a battle of the sexes. Rogue Theater’s Stuart Champeau has high hopes for the show, which debuted on Thursday.   [/audio]   “Beer for Dinner” playwright Sean Grennan will be in town next week for a performance before Rogue Theater ends its run on June 3.
May 25, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The newest exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum makes landfall Saturday as it takes a look at the ill-fated ships of the Great Lakes. “Shipwrecks of Door County” will allow visitors to get up close to artifacts from the damaged vessels as they learn about the over 275 located near the coastline. Executive Director Amy Paul says she loves how great the exhibit will be for people of all ages.   [/audio]   A full schedule of activities is planned for the opening day of “Shipwrecks of Door County” including guided tours and speakers. The exhibit received a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to help kick off its expected three-year run.
May 25, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The Sister Bay Historical Society will celebrate its Corner of Past Museum’s 20th season of displaying the area’s history when it opens on Friday. What started as a single historic house, the Corner of the Past Museum has expanded to 15 buildings all filled with historical pieces from Sister Bay and the surrounding area. Curator Roberta Kutlik says volunteers are hard at work getting the museum ready for its 2018 debut.   [/audio]   The Corner of the Past Museum opens for the season Friday at 10 a.m. and will be open Tuesday through Saturday through the month of October. Their weekly farmer’s market begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. and also runs through October.
May 24, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay will play host to the annual Fine Art Fair this Saturday and Sunday.  The event that started as a one-day happening twenty years ago with about 40 artists has grown to nearly 100 exhibitors.   Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center Executive Director Pam Seiler says the array of artists displaying their work will be diverse. [/audio]   The Fine Art Fair will also have a “paint your own sturgeon” for children to participate in as well, according to Seiler.  Cathy Grier will be providing live music along with strolling musicians all weekend long. The Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair will be held Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm at Sunset Park on North Thi...
May 23, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A Door County native is featured extensively in a new documentary film that was released earlier this year.  John Adams, founder and editor of the Montana Free Press, is featured in “Dark Money” a documentary about the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that essentially opened the door for anonymous political spending on elections by big corporations.  Adams, 39, says his investigative reporting on dark money spending during primaries where challengers were being backed by big money groups is prominently shown in the film.  He shares how he connected with the movie’s director Kimberly Reed to star in the documentary. [/audio]   “Dark Money” premiered at the Sundance Fe...
May 23, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The unofficial start of the summer of festivals begins in Door County this weekend.  The 46th annual Jacksonport Maifest is Saturday and Sunday.  Sponsored by the Jacksonport Advancement Corporation, the event with multiple activities begins at 10:30 Saturday morning with the parade followed by a Flag Ceremony to honor servicemen and women.  Committee Chair Ann Sheridan says something new this year includes the Open Door Bird Sanctuary bringing some of their birds of prey this Saturday. [/audio]   Maifest includes a juried art fair, midway activities and plenty of food along with a car show and live music.  Sunday activities include a 10K run and two-mile fun run in the morning and a 4-H Horse and P...
May 23, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The Door County Maritime Museum hopes to raise $67,000 for a new roof in order to protect the artifacts and exhibits worth millions of dollars inside its Gills Rock campus. The newly renamed Death’s Door Maritime Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, but the roof is showing its age due to years of severe winter weather on the peninsula, including this April’s record-breaking snowstorm. Artifacts inside the museum include pieces of Death’s Door shipwrecks, dug-out canoes dating back to the 17th century, and the Plum Island Fresnel lens. Executive Director Amy Paul says having to take out a loan to do the necessary repairs could have an effect on future programming. [/audio] The Death’s Door M...
May 21, 2018
By Eric Fischer Unity and a focus on the future were the themes of the day, as the Village of Egg Harbor and Door County Library officially cut the ribbon to the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion on Saturday morning. Librarian Holly Cole started the event with a story of a community coming together to build a library, with speeches by Door County Library Director Tina Kakuske, Nicolet Federated Library System Director Tracy Vreeke, Wisconsin Library Association Executive Director Plumer Lovelace, and Donald Kress. Kress says he didn’t donate the money to have his name on a building, but to see the joy the building will bring to the community. [/audio] Village Administrator Ryan Heise also spoke at the event, documenting how the com...
May 20, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The town of Baileys Harbor will host one of the first festivals of the spring this weekend when it hosts its Blessing of the Fleet and Scottie Parade. The annual celebration honors the area’s link to the fishing and maritime industries with a blessing by Stella Maris Parish Pastor David Ruby. Along with guided lighthouse and fishing boat tours is the Door County Scottie Rally, which brings over 100 dog owners for a themed parade. Baileys Harbor Community Coordinator Brynn Swanson is proud of how much the event has grown.   [/audio]   The Blessing of the Fleet celebration runs Saturday and Sunday. You can see the full schedule, which includes the 11:30 a.m. Scottie parade, online with this stor...
May 17, 2018
By Southern Door High School Correspondent Delilah Rose   This year, Wisconsin's state Solo & Ensemble was held on May 9th. Southern Door was represented by 44 choir and band students. Southern Door High School music departments are conducted by Naomi Files for band and Bonita Weydt for the choir. Mrs. Weydt was very pleased with the results of her students. She said that she enjoys working with all of these talented youth and that seeing them improve with the growth that they have made over this school year. Southern Door’s state chorus consisted of 14 students. A few of the choir students stated that the challenging aspects of their state pieces were making sure that they do not forget the words and staying calm. ...
May 13, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The Peninsula Singers invite you to join them for their annual Spring Concerts Saturday, May 12th, and Sunday, May 13th.  Saturday’s performance will be held at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay at 7 pm and Sunday’s matinee is at the Door County Auditorium at 3 pm.  This year’s theme for the group will be “How Can I Keep from Singing” and as Peninsula Singers Board Secretary, Mary Lou Schroeder says, will feature a variety of music styles. [/audio] The concerts are free to attend but the group appreciates donations.  Schroeder adds the Peninsula Singers are always looking to add new members.  
May 12, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Even after 14 years of operation, the Trueblood Performing Arts Center surprises performers and guests from the moment they walk through the doors. As one of Washington Island’s few year-round facilities, the home of two arts festival and the Island Players also doubles as the town’s movie theater and an auditorium for Washington Island School District activities during the offseason. Managing Director Betsy Wallman says it is able to give students the opportunity to perform on a real stage with state of the art equipment while giving other artists a break from the routine of a usual tour stop. After some community members questioned the need for such a facility, she believes the Trueblood Performing Arts Center ...
May 11, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     From Gardner to Gills Rock, seven featured properties will be participating in the Door County Home Builders Association’s annual Showcase of Homes starting this weekend.  The showcase includes new spacious ranch-style homes as well as waterfront cottages.  The open houses will be held this Friday and Saturday as well as next weekend, May 18- 20.  Jeff Dorner, Treasurer for the Door County Home Builders Association, describes what visitors can look forward to touring. [/audio]   Dorner says the past fourteen years of the event have been great exposure for the building industry in Door County.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at the visitor center, area banks, and area b...
May 11, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir had a unique opportunity to sing at one of the major venues in the state in front of over 35,000 people Tuesday evening.  Miller Park was the setting for the choir to perform the Star Spangled Banner prior to the Milwaukee Brewer game.  Choir Director Amy Smejkal says the opportunity is one that really challenges the singers'skills. [/audio]   This is the eighth consecutive year that the Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir has performed at Miller Park, according to Smejkal.  She says that the eight-member choir had to send an audition tape to the Milwaukee Brewer organization before the season began in order to be selected to sing the National Anthem at Miller Pa...
May 09, 2018
By Tom Jordan          Door County is blessed with some fabulous golf courses. But some are too challenging. Some are not challenging enough.  Some are so popular it’s hard to get a tee time. And some are just too expensive. Which is why my favorite eighteen-hole course is Cherry Hills.  Challenging, without being too tough and yet surprisingly affordable and accessible.   About ten years ago the course was not in the best of shape. In fact, some of the greens resembled a lunar landscape. That all changed four years ago when Jon Martell took over the operation. He has invested a lot of time, effort, energy and money into improving the course, the clubhouse, the overnight accommodations…even the driving range....
May 05, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Even taller than the trees its stage is nestled in, Northern Sky Theater was able to stand out from other performing arts facilities in the area to earn 2018 “Best of Door County” honors. While their name has changed over the years, the theater group has been performing in its outdoor setting inside Peninsula State Park since 1970. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says the award is a testament to its setting.   [/audio]   Northern Sky Theater’s  2018 season, which includes two world premiere musicals and a sing-a-long version of its popular Lumberjacks in Love, begins June 16.
May 03, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Hidden in the trees of Ellison Bay, The Clearing Folk School continues to give students an opportunity to experience activities often forgotten. Through week-long and day classes, courses include everything from painting and smartphone photography to the fiber arts and blacksmithing. The Clearing Executive Director Michael Schneider says for over 80 years visitors have been able to learn in a relaxing atmosphere.   [/audio]   Schneider says last year’s installation of The Clearing’s forge was one of the most exciting moments in the campus’ history since he took over the executive director post 19 years ago. The first weeklong summer courses begin May 6 while day workshops begin June 11. Bo...
May 03, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A historic cause will benefit from a huge event at Lakehaven Hall in Kewaunee Saturday.  The Kewaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding the annual Sip, Savor & Support that drew over 250 people last year.  Molly Srnka from the Kewaunee Chamber says proceeds from the event will go towards the Kewaunee Lighthouse Preservation.  She adds that the Kewaunee High School is involved in raising funds as well. [/audio]   The Sip, Savor & Support will be held from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturday and will also offer samplings of food, beer, and wines.  The Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir and Jazz Band will be performing as well.  Tickets are $10 for adults 21 years and older and $5 for any...
Apr 27, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Students in Scott Winkler’s English classes at Luxemburg-Casco High School do not have to look very far to find someone with an infectious enthusiasm for writing. Winkler has been a teacher by day for 25 years, but he is also a published poet, academic writer, and most recently, the author of the novel, “The Meadow.” The historical fiction book is about a young man at a crossroads between what he wants to be and the future his father expects of him.  Winkler says his love of writing has helped him relate to students during his eight years at Luxemburg-Casco.   [/audio] A book signing and release celebration will take place at Luxemburg-Casco High School beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. You can hear...
Apr 26, 2018
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By Huehns Funeral Home   Ruth E. (Deitmer) Wagner, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away June 20, 2018 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay with her husband by her side. She was born September 19, 1924 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late Carl and Bernice (Schoelzel) Deitmer.     On May 5, 1945, Ruth married Eugene “Gene” Wagner in Chicago, IL. She studied dressmaking at Lucy Flower High School and enjoyed sewing and crafting while a h...
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By Forbes Funeral HomeLinda Sue Danek, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on June 19, 2018 at her home.  She was born March 10, 1949 in Sturgeon Bay, WI to William and Joan (Quam) Worley. Linda earned a B.A. degree from UW-Oshkosh.  She married Robert Danek on January 13, 1979.  They owned and operated Bob and Linda’s Little Sturgeon Inn Resort for many years.  She was most recently employed by Walmart in Sturgeon Bay. Robert Preceded her in death on January 16, 2004. ...
Jun 21, 2018
By Buchanan Funeral HomeWayne J. Melnarik, age 66 of Kewaunee entered into eternal life peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at home.  He was born in Denmark to the late Donald and Marion (Kipp) Melnarik. Wayne worked most of his life with his brother’s family owned Melnarik Concrete business.  He was one of the best finishers around.  He took pride in his work, he strived for perfection in whatever he did.  His lawn and garden were always ...
Jun 21, 2018
By Huehns Funeral Home  Elmer (Buddy) W. Coon, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away June 17, 2018 at Emerald Shores Assisted Living in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Born on November 12, 1931 in Red Hook, New York, he is the son of the late William and Evelyn (Rhynders) Coon.  Right out of high school he served our country for four years with the U.S. Marine Corp. in the Korean War.     On November 15th, 1958 he married Dorothy L. Rogers at the Reformed Chu...
Jun 20, 2018
By Wiesner & Massart Funeral HomeOn June 17, 2018 Sandie peacefully passed away with her loving family at her side. She was born on August 18, 1944 to the late Charles and Edna (Tlachac) Swoboda. Sandie graduated from Algoma High School in 1962 and in 1997 with a BA in Liberal Arts from the UWGB Extended Degree Program where she served on their Alumni Board for several years. She also served as the Past President and was a board member of the Wisconsin Life and Health Underwriters Associatio...
Jun 19, 2018
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