August 2014
Nature Journaling
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

August 7th

2:00 pm Nature Journaling This week’s theme is finding food in the wild. Join park naturalists as we deepen our connection with nature through journaling. No writing or drawing skills are necessary. Bring your adventurous heart, an open mind and a love for nature. Supplies will be provided. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information:
Beth Bartoli
(920) 854-2500
Smokey Bear's 70th Birthday Celebration
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Saturday Aug 9th

10:00 am (and throughout the day) Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Celebration Join us as we say, “Happy 70th Birthday” to Smokey Bear! There will be cake, refreshments, games, prizes and a chance to meet SMOKEY HIMSELF! Don’t miss this chance to give Smokey a bear hug!

For more information:
Beth Bartoli
(920) 854-2500
Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Celebration
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Saturday Aug 9th

10:00 am (and throughout the day) Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Celebration Join us as we say, “Happy 70th Birthday” to Smokey Bear! There will be cake, refreshments, games, prizes and a chance to meet SMOKEY HIMSELF! Don’t miss this chance to give Smokey a bear hug!

For more information:
Beth Bartoli
(920) 854-2500
24th ANNUAL CLASSIC & WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sharing the spotlight with all the finely crafted vessels from sail and runabouts to kayaks and canoes are the unique and creative Sikaflex vessels which always draw a crowd. Meanwhile, “Paint the Bay” plein air artists will dot the surrounding area Saturday morning and their work on display in the museum throughout the remainder of the weekend.

"Coastie", the US Coast Guard's remote-controlled boat returns, along with some of their most eye-catching equipment.

In addition to “Coastie” and "Bob the Parrot" a variety of other children’s attractions will take place from the toy boat building kits to the mini-tug races.

Boats will be exhibited throughout the grounds with trailered vessels on the western side of the museum. Small craft will fill the green space immediately to the north of museum adjacent to the in-water vessels. Festival attendees can vote for a People’s Choice winner Saturday while the museum’s judging panel will choose its slate of winners in a number of categories. There is also the unusual, such as one of the few remaining “Amphicars” in the United States.

Sikaflex boat construction gets underway Saturday morning at 10 am with two-person teams required to build a boat with limited materials and just four hours to do it to garner points to carry over into Sunday’s in-water race. The race begins at 12:30 pm Sunday with the colorfully decorated vessels hitting the water and racing against the clock. Points are awarded and coupled with Saturday’s construction totals to produce an overall winner. 

“Paint the Bay” will encompass the entire Sturgeon Bay waterfront. Artists will have Saturday morning to create their art before returning it for a silent auction inside the museum Saturday afternoon and Sunday. A People’s Choice vote will select the work, which will grace the 2015 festival poster. Registration forms for artists are available online at www.dcmm.org or on the festival grounds from 8-9 am Saturday morning.

In addition to access to the festival grounds, the admission price also includes access to the museum and its popular “Pirates: Ship to Shore” exhibit and four other galleries filled with Great Lakes maritime history. The restored 149-foot tug John Purves remains a prominent attraction with deck tours again part of the festival admission. The Festival Committee has a single ticket entry structure with significantly discounted children’s admission prices to encourage more family attendance.

For more information:
Jon Gast
(920) 743-5958
Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The weekend of August 2 and 3 is literally packed with maritime activities on Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront.  Saturday, August 2, opens with the first day of the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on the grounds of the Door County Maritime Museum and concludes with a host of “Evening on the Bay” events at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.  The always popular Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition and “Paint the Bay” plein air painting event return along with a remarkable assortment of classic and wooden power, sail, and rowing vessels.  Enjoy toy boat building, Bob the parrot, the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s robot boat “Coastie”, the Museum’s “Pirates – Ship to Shore” exhibit and much, much more.  Tickets for the event cover both Saturday and Sunday and include admission to the Maritime Museum, deck tours of the immaculately restored tug John Purves and all Boat Festival activities.  Visit the Maritime Museum’s website, www.dcmm.org, for details.

The Evening on the Bay
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

The Evening on the Bay events at the Yacht Club include kid’s games, live music and the annual “Venetian Night” boat parade followed by fireworks.  All events are open to the public.  Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details on all the “Evening on the Bay” events.

PENINSULA STATE PARK NATURE PROGRAMS
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Nature Center open 10 AM – 2 PM daily (‘til 4 PM Saturday). Programs free. State park vehicle sticker required. Donations appreciated.

Saturday August 2 Critter Hunt 11 AM – 12 Noon. Nature Center. Take a woods walk with the naturalist, searching for salamanders, wood frogs and sowbugs on this catch and release program. Naturalist at Eagle Tower Drop by Eagle Tower any time from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. Learn why Eagle Tower was first built, Identify off-shore islands, and have your park questions answered. Bat Watch 7:45 – 8:30 PM. Welcker’s Shelter. Learn about bat adaptations and how white-nose syndrome might affect Wisconsin bats. Then watch bats fly from their day-time roost to feast on mosquitoes (about twenty minutes after sunset).

Annual Meeting & Gathering
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us under the big tent at The Ridges cabins on Saturday, August 2. Get updates on programming, the building construction schedule and planning for 2015 from 3 – 4 PM. Following the meeting, enjoy beverages and take a tour of the newly opened Family Discovery Trail or put on a hard hat and walk the building site.

At 5:30, meet back at the cabins for a pig roast with all the fixin’s and entertainment by folk musicians Jess Holland and Nick Hoover.

During the evening we’ll also announce our Volunteers of the Year.

Tickets are $40/person and space is limited. Reserve your spot online at www.RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920-839-2802.

Birch Creek Big Band Jazz Concert
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Legacy of the Big Band

featuring David Bixler

For more information:
Birch Creek
(920) 868-3763