May 2015
Door's Dirty 5K mud run
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Get dirty for a cause! Support HELP of Door County's mission to eliminate domestic violence. Set on the Team Leadership Center's 80 acre turn-of-the-century dairy farm, this course will test your mental and physical strength, endurance, creativity, and skills in teamwork and personal will power. Utilizing their low and high ropes course, zip line cables, and various terrain this mud run is unique from any other in the world.
This mud run course is designed for men, women, and children ages 13 and older. You can do this challenge as a team of four, as an individual, or as a family of four. If you aren't up for the adventure, come support those that are. You may even decide to take advantage of the incredible zip line offer at one of the top ten rated ziplines in the U.S. Rain or shine, this is going to be a great time!

For more information:
Tina Gray-Siebers
(920) 743-8785
Door's Dirty Dash
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Get dirty for a cause! Support HELP of Door County's mission to eliminate domestic violence. Set on the Team Leadership Center's 80 acre turn-of-the-century dairy farm, this course will test your mental and physical strength, endurance, creativity, and skills in teamwork and personal will power. Utilizing their low and high ropes course, zip line cables, and various terrain this mud run is unique from any other in the world.This mud run course is designed for men, women, and children ages 13 and older. You can do this challenge as a team of four, as an individual, or as a family of four. If you aren't up for the adventure, come support those that are. You may even decide to take advantage of the incredible zip line offer at one of the top ten rated ziplines in the U.S. Rain or shine, this is going to be a great time!

For more information:
Tina Gray-Siebers
(920) 743-8785
Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat. 10am-5pm/Sun. 10am-4pm at Sunset Park situated on the waterfront in Sturgeon Bay. 2015 will mark the 18th annual Fine Art Fair complete with a juried multi-media art show, entertainment, children's activities, food, beverages, and more!

For more information:
Amanda Thuss
(920) 743-6246
17TH ANNUAL STURGEON BAY FINE ART FAIR
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Featuring over 100 artists at 94 booths witha variety of media including jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and glass.

Guest are welcome to stopy by the art tent and complete a wood block masterpiece or contribute to the anual 50 foot mural.  Strolling entertainment will include a violinist, concertina, and clowns providing face painting and balloon animals.  Food vendors including the Jaycees, the Breakfast Rotary, McEvoy's Culinaria, Cowboy Kettle Korn and LaJava Roasting Huose will be on hand offering a number of food and beverage options.

There is no cost for admission, and event donation are greatly appreciated.

For more information:
Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center
(920) 743-6246
Nature Journaling – Wildflowers
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Take to the woods with Newport State Park naturalists as they explore the world of nature journaling. Spring is a great time to start a journal for the year. No artistic experience necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm and a sense of wonder. Though not required, if you have a journal and pens or pencils, feel free to bring them. Supplies will be provided. Meet at the Visitor’s Center.

For more information:
Michelle Hefty
(920) 854-2500
Chicago on Tour - an evening of Opera and Song
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Weekend of Opera and Song,  Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach

Two Welcome Spring Events at Shepherd of the Bay

On Memorial Day weekend, after yearning for a long-awaited Spring, Shepherd of the Bay will open its doors and welcome four returning singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago to the shores of Northern Door.  Soprano Desirée Hassler, mezzo soprano Pamela Williams, tenor John Concepcion and baritone Michael Cavalieri will offer two musical events on their Chicago on Tour migration from Chicago to our Door County community.   On Saturday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m., our four visiting singers will join pianist Judith Jackson in an entertaining evening of opera and song, drawing music from the Italian masterpieces of La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and Nabucco.

There will be some Liebeslieder Waltzes of Johannes Brahms sung by the quartet of singer-songbirds before turning back to operatic gems from Tales of Hoffmann, Werther and Carmen.

We will enjoy the presence of eight little special guests (last year there were seven, with one waiting to join the troop), who will join our featured singers in a scene from The Sound of Music.  American music will be well represented in this engaging program, with Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise and Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun In the House being among my favorites!  Four songs from The Secret Garden will complete the evening of Opera and Song, an evening that will satisfy the artistic senses and tickle your funny bone.  What a pleasure it will be to hear these four talented singers in concert on Shepherd of the Bay’s sanctuary stage.  The only price of admission is the generous freewill offering you will certainly be inspired to give after hearing such a beautiful evening of singing!  In the best of all Lutheran traditions, there will be a lovely reception after the musical event, at which time you will be able to engage our visiting singers in lively conversation.  Please join your friends and neighbors for this concert of opera and song.  Plan to stay for the after-glow of fellowship.

The next morning, May 24th at 9:00 a.m., our four Chicago soloists will join members of the Kleinen Chor (Little Choir), Bach Orchestra, organist Greg Beem, conductor Judith Jackson and Pastor Bruce Foster in celebrating a true gem in the Lutheran Church, a partnership of Martin Luther’s music and words in the masterful compositional hands of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Bach wrote Cantata BWV 80 “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) in Leipzig, Germany in 1730 for Reformation Day in the German Lutheran Church.  Bach drew from Martin Luther’s theology and added his unique gifts of musical mastery in producing this most powerful testament of music and faith.  Each of the vocal soloists are featured in this very special cantata , either as single singers or in duet.  The Kleinen Chor begins this work with a magnificent motet-chorus, possibly one of Bach’s very best!  The choir then has two other important moments in this eight-part cantata, a unison chorale and a traditional four-voice chorale which ends the cantata.  Accompanying all the vocal forces is the mighty Bach Orchestra, this year comprised of four strings, organ continuo and three oboes!  It should be a magnificent sound.  As ever, we will use the music from this cantata as the bedrock of our worship service, rather than presenting the music as a performance.  Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas for weekly worship in the Lutheran Church and we at Shepherd of the Bay will continue to honor that early tradition.  Please plan to join us for this exciting and meaningful Sunday worship service at Shepherd of the Bay, where the Music meets the Word in a dynamic Lutheran expression of Worship.

Both events take place at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, which is located at 11836 Highway 42 in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.  For further information, call the church office at (920) 854-2988 or check the website at www.shepherdofthebay.org.

For more information:
Scott Henry
(920) 659-3297