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By Paul Schmitt     Adults will have the opportunity to never grow up when they watch the Sturgeon Bay students’ performance of Peter Pan JR. next month.  The modern version of the timeless tale and magical story will be recreated on stage by the Allied Arts class from the TJ Walker Middle School.  Amber Spude, choir director, shares the biggest challenge facing the 42 students who are putting on the 29th Allied Arts production. [/audio]   There will be five performances from December 4th through the 7th at the Sturgeon Bay High School Auditorium.  You can find ticket information and the complete schedule of the Peter Pan JR musical with the news release below.     TJ...
Nov 14, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Gibraltar students head to LaCrosse later this week to participate in the statewide one-act play competition. This year’s entry is entitled Death’s Door, an original piece about opening a portal to the unexplained and unimaginable featuring Door County’s ghostly folklore as its backdrop. Director Lizz Thomas says there is an added dose of excitement for the cast and crew when it comes to performing an original piece compared to something people may have seen or performed before. [/audio] Gibraltar will perform Death’s Door in the main theatre at Viterbo University’s fine arts center at 8 a.m. Friday, but community members can see an early performance at the Door Com...
Nov 12, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Sturgeon Bay native, Jerry Grassel, will be describing his experiences in Europe during the Cold War era at the Door County Library next Wednesday.  Grassel, who served in the U.S. Army during the 1950’s and 60’s, was based in Germany and worked in the security agency.  He says the stories in the book do not go into detailed aspects of spying, but rather amusing personal stories about his experiences with the German people and his fellow soldiers. [/audio]   Grassel’s presentation on his book, Cold War Stories Unclassified will be at 2 pm Wednesday upstairs at the Sturgeon Bay Library.
Nov 10, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The Miller Art Museum is featuring 38 regional artists as part of the 43rd Juried Annual exhibition in Sturgeon Bay.  Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson shares what type of two-dimensional art is most popular locally. [/audio]   Anderson adds that many local artists have created more contemporary pieces of work as well.  The exhibit will run through December 22.  You can see some images of the artwork that will be on display at the Miller Art Museum with this story online.   Thomas Jordan, Entering the Ring, digital photograph. Image courtesy of Thomas Jordan. Mara Manning, Subtle Changes, oil an...
Nov 10, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A collection of patriotic music and more will resound Monday evening at the annual Veterans Day Concert of Music and Song in Sturgeon Bay.  The Peninsula Symphonic Band along with the Community Choir of Door County will collaborate on the free performance at Prince of Peace Church.  New Peninsula Symphonic Band Director Jason Palmer says the one-hour concert will feature more than the usual patriotic music. [/audio]   The concert will begin at 7 pm at the Prince of Peace Church on Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.  A free-will offering to benefit the Door County Veterans Council will be made available.
Nov 09, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The first signs of the Christmas season have already started to line-up along exhibit hall walls at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The Merry-Time Festival of Trees kicks off this Saturday with close to  30 businesses showing off their yuletide decorating skills. Community Engagement Coordinator Carrie Dorski says it is a great time to check out the museum. [/audio] A holiday card workshop and the annual visit from Santa on the Tug John Purves highlight this year’s Merry-Time Festival of Trees which runs until December 11th. You can visit this story online for specific details on events occurring during this year’s festival.   Click here for this year...
Nov 06, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The Miller Art Museum’s 43rd Juried Annual exhibition will open to the public next Saturday.  The exhibit will feature 38 contemporary regional artists living in Northeastern Wisconsin including Door and Kewaunee counties.  Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson from the Miller Art Museum says this year’s 48 chosen entries include a wide range of artwork. [/audio]   The exhibit will run from November 10 through December 22.  You can see some images of the artwork that will be on display at the Miller Art Museum’s 43rd Annual Juried exhibition with this story online.   Thomas Jordan, Entering the Ring, digital photograph. Image courtesy of Thom...
Nov 03, 2018
By Tim Kowols       For the first time in its history, the Sturgeon Bay High School band will have a music piece it can truly call its own.  The band commissioned composer Randall Standridge of Arkansas to arrange a piece to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary.  Sturgeon Bay band director Heidi Hintz talked with Standridge about her group’s strengths and preferences earlier this year before letting him get to work. Hintz says having the piece commissioned will give students a chance to see the composition process from creating an idea to getting it published. [/audio] Band students fundraised $3,500 to help make the composition happen. Hintz and the Sturgeon Bay band hope to get an initi...
Nov 02, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A powerful film about children trying to learn in a school setting while dealing with stress will be the center of a discussion at the Kress Pavilion Center in Egg Harbor next Thursday.  The Door County Partnership for Children and Families and three other organizations are sponsoring the movie Paper Tigers as part of a Mental Health Film Series.  Katie Van Laanen, a public nurse at the Door County Public Health Department, shares how a new trauma-sensitive program featured in the documentary works. [/audio]   The free community event is intended for adults but teens are welcomed to attend with their parents.  A panel discussion will follow the one-hour movie that begi...
Nov 02, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Big name musicals will take the stage at area high schools over the next two weeks. Sevastopol students will perform “The Sound of Music” this weekend beginning on Friday, though its Saturday performance has been moved to Monday so the musical’s band can perform at the high school’s state championship football game in Stanley, Wis. Kewaunee students will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” while Southern Door will perform one of the country’s first renditions of “Mamma Mia.” Southern Door Superintendent Patti Vickman says musical director Bonnie Weydt acted quickly when word got out that the show would be available for high schools to ...
Oct 30, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Door County is getting a head start on the Halloween celebrations this weekend starting with the United States Coast Guard’s Ghost Ship. For over 35 years, Coast Guard members have welcomed the community onto its barge to get spooked, share in some hot chocolate, and collect items for local food pantries. Petty Officer Aaron Ross says it is a great way for them to give back. [/audio] Ghost Ship tours start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday for a fright-free tour for small children followed by a “lights off” experience for older kids and adults beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek will host Halloween celebrations this weekend while Casco, Forestville, and Luxemburg host some ...
Oct 23, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The Luxemburg-Casco High School is presenting this year’s Variety Show as a journey from freshman year through graduation.  The show will be held from November 9th through the 11th and feature songs from hit Broadway musicals including “Hairspray”.  First-year L-C Choir Director Margaret Meder says this variety show will challenge students in organizing and executing the event. [/audio]   The Luxemburg-Casco Variety Show will be held at the school auditorium with tickets going on sale starting on November 5th to the general public.  You can find more information below.  
Oct 19, 2018
By Tom Jordan      Our entire Peninsula is blessed with some of the finest artists in the entire Midwest. But the heart of all this fine art, emanates from its hub, Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay itself is the largest defined area in the entire county. It sweeps from County MM in the south to the edge of Bailey’s Harbor in the north. In that area you will find art of every variety, ranging from fine art, weaving, glass, blacksmithing, wood crafting, live, original music, and live theatre, year-round, and so much more. And let’s be sure to include the Miller Art Museum, which has been called one of the finest small museums in the Midwest.   Also, most of Sturgeon Bay artists are open year-round. In addi...
Oct 13, 2018
By Tim Kowols       U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will visit Southern Door School District Thursday as a part of its partnership with Write On, Door County. For the last three years, the district has hosted poets and authors to work with the freshman class on their writing skills. Smith was appointed as the 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate in 2017. Southern Door Superintendent Patti Vickman says it is a great opportunity for students to work with an accomplished writer like Smith. [/audio] In addition to working with students at Sevastopol earlier in the day, Smith will host a free reading and discussion at the Southern Door Auditorium Thursday night beginning at 7:00.
Oct 11, 2018
By Jill Jorgensen, Kewaunee County UW-Extension 4-H Educator      More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, October 7th – 13th. This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career. This year’s theme resonates in the Kewaunee County 4-H program where we help young people build life skills like confidence, curiosity, teamwork, courage, compassion, resilience, and character. National 4-H Week is an opportunity to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the county who work each day to make a posi...
Oct 10, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Fall Fest is expanding from its downtown location to host more family activities in Sister Bay this weekend. In addition to a new Ferris wheel, bouncy houses, and kids shows near Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park, Fall Fest will also feature a Family Fair at the Country Walk Shops with kids games and food. Sister Bay Advancement Coordinator Louise Howson says they wanted to make sure there was plenty to do for everyone attending. [/audio] Fall Fest, which runs Friday through Sunday, will still feature a daily lineup of music, a Saturday parade, and the Sunday Ping Pong Ball Drop. You can find a full schedule of events and information on new places to park online with this story.
Oct 09, 2018
By Tim Kowols       One of the most popular comments on the weekly hard hat tours at the future Northern Sky Theater creative campus is how fast everything is coming along. After breaking ground in Fish Creek in May, the home for Northern Sky’s production and storage facility just needs some interior work before it is finished. The shell of the campus’ larger building, which will host the 250-seat theater and administrative offices, is nearly complete. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says it is great to have visitors take in their surroundings from where the facility’s new stage will be. [/audio] As weather permits, people interested in checking out the progress of the creative campus project can...
Oct 09, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Veterans Day is November 11, but area military veterans will be honored a day earlier in Sturgeon Bay with a free dinner and program.  “A Salute to Veterans” will be held at the Corpus Christi parish social hall honoring those who served in the military from the greater Sturgeon Bay area.  The event is sponsored by the Greater Catholic Community of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Veterans Office.  Bill Sauve of the parish mission says the evening will include a special speaker. [/audio]   Suave adds that the program will also include a presentation of colors, entertainment, and dinner.  Two complimentary tickets are available exclusively to all Sturgeon B...
Oct 05, 2018
By Tim Kowols       It will be the end of an era when the last notes of “Muskie Love” are played later this month as the musical closes at Door Community Auditorium. After 10 years of making the Fish Creek facility its fall home, Northern Sky Theater will move to its own creative campus just a few miles away next year. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says the Door Community Auditorium has been a fantastic host for the past decade, it just was not theirs. [/audio] “Muskie Love,” Northern Sky Theater’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, runs through October 20.
Oct 02, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Darci Hannah has combined her love of Door County and its well-known cherry treats with her love of writing. Hannah grew up in Illinois and vacationed with her family in Door County during the summer. When she decided to switch from writing historical fiction to murder mysteries, Door County was chosen as a perfect location of a fictional town.     "Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies" is the first novel in Hannah's "Very Cherry Mystery" series, all set in Door County. The second novel is due out next June, just in time for summer vacationers.
Sep 30, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The Miller Art Museum is hosting an Artist Talk program next month with Sandra Martinez to coincide with their new exhibit. Martinez and husband Wence, from Jacksonport, were named 2018 United States Artist Fellows in collaborative craft and were finalists for the 2017 American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship. She says it is an honor to have different family works displayed at the Miller Art Museum. [/audio]   The Artist Talk with Martinez at the Miller Art Museum is scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, October 11. You can find more information about the event with this story online below. Press Release:   (Sturgeon Bay, WI) – September 27, 2018 — The Miller ...
Sep 29, 2018
By Tim Kowols       New Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Kevin Osgood is looking forward to telling stories again in a museum setting. Prior to his time as the news director at a Green Bay television station, Osgood worked for a group of companies partnering with small museums to put together exhibits. Osgood says he enjoys the different ways of storytelling that museum exhibits can provide. Osgood and Perlman replace former executive director Amy Paul, who left the museum earlier this month. The Door County Maritime Museum will celebrate three major anniversaries in the coming year, including its 50th year of operation.
Sep 28, 2018
By Tim Kowols       A state organization will recognize Ryan Heise and the Village of Egg Harbor for its commitment to the arts next month at a ceremony to be held in Wisconsin Dells. Arts Wisconsin named Heise as one of its recipients for the Arts in the Community Award. According to a release from the organization, Heise has been a guiding force for the development of the Public Arts Initiative in Egg Harbor, which helped commission a number of works to be on display throughout the village. Heise says he is excited to share the award with the community. [/audio] Public arts efforts in Rhinelander will also be recognized when Heise accepts the award in Wisconsin Dells on October 25th.
Sep 27, 2018
By Tyler Campbell                     The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion along with the Diocese of Green Bay announced Tuesday a life-size casting of Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ was placed at the National Shrine. The ‘Pieta’ is the exact replica of the one at St. Peter’s Basilica. The National Shrine will now have one of the only one hundred that will be produced across the world. Director of Communications and Event Coordinator Cory Campbell for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help shared the significance of bringing the replica to the facility. [/audio]   The Pieta will become the focal point and be displaye...
Sep 27, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Anyone hoping to take in the Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival may have to wait for the Spring Lighthouse Festival. Three of the tours are sold out. Door County Maritime Museum Marketing and Events Coordinator Carrie Dorski says the remaining tours, including the Sail Door County Schooner Cruise from Sister Bay to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, are still available but booking fast.   [/audio]   For more information on the 2018 Fall Lighthouse Festival log on to the Door County Maritime Museum website.
Sep 24, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              You could call Connie Glowacki an artist with a passion to teach or a teacher with a passion for art. Both are evident at the Fish Creek gallery and framing shop she co-owns with her husband Mike. Glowacki captures the life of Door County with her watercolors and lithographs, which she sells and frames for visitors. And like the teacher she is, she also gives those who come into her shop a bit of encouragement with their own abilities.   [/audio]   Glowacki taught in the Janesville School system before retiring eleven years ago and starting the gallery, which is open six months out of the year.
Sep 23, 2018
By Tyler Campbell                     The annual Autumnfest in Baileys Harbor was in full showing on a picture perfect fall Saturday afternoon. Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the Autumnfest, sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association. Yearly attendee John Prindaville from Chicago Illinois shared what makes him attend this event every year. [/audio]   The festival hosted numerous vendors and attractions, including live music, an open house at the local fire station, and the annual car and motorcycle show.
Sep 22, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The annual Autumnfest in Baileys Harbor will take place this Saturday.  The festival, sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association, will again include a huge Pin Ups & Pistons car and motorcycle show for the 25th year.   Brynn Swanson, the community coordinator, says this year’s car show will honor a special person. [/audio]   The Car show awards will be held at 3 pm with 10 class divisions and the Louie Oldenburg Best in Show Motorcycle.  The festival on Saturday begins with a Hey Hey 5 K run at 8 am.  Other activities include an open house at the fire station, an arts and crafts show, along with music and food.  You can find a complete s...
Sep 21, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Algoma Mop Manufacturers gave Milwaukee-area artist Melissa Dorn some material for her latest works. She was also inspired to showcase those works in Algoma. Dorn's exhibition is called Mopping Up. It looks at the design and functionality of mops and their potential. Dorn's idea started with a childhood memory. A visit to East Shore Industries, which makes Algoma Mops, helped bring the concept for "Mopping Up" to light.   [/audio]   East Shore Industries, which owns Algoma Mop Manufacturers, employs people with disabilities. Melissa Dorn used her visit to the company to hold art workshops for ESI employees. "Mopping Up" will premi...
Sep 18, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Door County singer-songwriter Katie Dahl likes to perform her own works and those of fellow entertainers. Now she's getting a chance to join one of her favorite performers at Door Community Auditorium. Dahl will be the opening act for Dar Williams, who's known for her brand of pop-infused folk music. Dahl says she's been hoping for an opportunity to share the same stage with Williams close to home.   [/audio]   The concert is set for 7 PM Monday at Door Community Auditorium on Highway 42 in Fish Creek.
Sep 16, 2018
By Tim Kowols       After 65 million years of being extinct, even dinosaurs are finding a fall Door County vacation too good of an opportunity to pass up. Several fossils from Wausau-based Colossal Fossils will make the ferry ride to Washington Island for a day where the whole community can get up close to the bones of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Washington Island School science teacher Jessica Dennis says it is a great opportunity for students and community members who would otherwise have to spend hundreds of dollars to experience it elsewhere on their own. [/audio] A location still needs to be determined, but Washington Island residents and visitors will be able to check out the fossils during a pub...
Sep 16, 2018
By Tom Jordan     Something magical will begin in just a few short weeks. The days will grow shorter, the evenings will be cooler and the leaves will start to change into a fireworks display of color.   This is when tourists return, festivals will be celebrated and the entire Peninsula will be converted to one of the most colorful destinations in the country. It starts earlier farther up north. If you take the ferry to Washington Island you can climb the stairs at Mountain Park Lookout Tower and see a vast variety of breathtaking colors in every direction.   Near the middle to end of October, all of Door County will be blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery of the year. Make sure you visit all...
Sep 15, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Sturgeon Bay will be capping off their season’s final festival this Saturday with Harvest Fest.  The annual event, which is held in the downtown along Third Avenue, will feature food, music, vendors as well as the 13th annual Harvest Festival Car Show sponsored by the Old Bolts Car Club.  Savanna Townsend, marketing and promotions director for the Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center, describes some of the activities visitors will experience. [/audio]   The Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest will be from 9 until 5 pm.  The “Benches around the Bay” street art, where 25 benches were displayed throughout the city during the summer, will now be auctioned off at Martin Park at...
Sep 14, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The Kewaunee County Fairgrounds will host the annual Agricultural Heritage Days September 22nd and 23rd.  The huge two-day event is sponsored by the Ag Heritage Center and features demonstrations, steam engine wagon rides, and displays of tractors and farm equipment.  Jim Rabas of the Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Incorporated says the event is truly a countywide effort to showcase its history. [/audio]   Over 200 fourth grade students from Kewaunee County schools will get a sneak-peek the Friday before the 25th Ag Heritage Days kicks off to the public, according to Rabas.  You can find more details about Ag Heritage Days below. Ag Heritage Days Date: Sep...
Sep 12, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The love of music is still running deep for some thirty members of the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band but more members are needed.  Having been formed over 35 years ago, the L-C Community Band is looking to grow their ensemble to get ready for the fall and winter performances that are coming up.  Band Director Dawn Johnson, who has played for over 10 years with the group, says the brass section is a little light right now. [/audio]   Johnson says the all-volunteer band played for the Kewaunee County Fair and area parades this past summer.  She adds that the band will begin weekly practices on Thursday evenings at the Middle School in Casco in preparation for Veterans Day a...
Sep 12, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Old-fashion church music filled the Village Chapel at the Heritage Village at Big Creek Saturday afternoon.  Along with a pump organ accompanist, Reverend Don Heeringa led a “hymn sing” that featured songs chosen by the participants.  Here is a sample of the gospel songs sang at the Village Chapel. [/audio]   The “Hymn Sing” was hosted by the Door County Historical Society as part of their summer series at the Heritage Village at Big Creek.  The Village Chapel is a scale-model of the original Ephraim Moravian Church.  You can watch a video of Saturday’s “Hymn Sing” below.  
Sep 08, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     One of Door County’s longest running music performance groups is looking for a few new voices to join their ensemble.  The Peninsula Singers, a self-supporting non-profit organization, has been in existence for over 40 years.  Jeanne Barnard, a member dating back to 1974, says anyone who loves singing, especially tenors, are needed. [/audio]   The Peninsula Singers is a non-auditioned chorus that will have two new co-directors this year, Mary Hall and Janet Anderson.  The fall rehearsals will begin with registration on Monday, September 24 at 6 pm at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.  Practice will begin at 7 pm and weekly practices every Monday from 7 u...
Sep 08, 2018
By Tim Kowols       A partnership between local organizations and the Village of Sister Bay has kept a nearly 25 year Labor Day tradition alive. The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department kicked off the festivities with a pancake breakfast which, along with serving other food throughout the weekend, is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. Fire Chief Chris Hecht says partnering with the village to put on the three-day event is important. Marina Fest hosts events along the waterfront in Sister Bay through Monday afternoon.
Sep 02, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              A musical at Northern Sky Theater, jazz or classical music at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, a performance at Midsummer's Music, and an exhibition at the Hardy Gallery share one thing in common. They're big money makers for Door County. An economic impact study released last summer found the arts generated nearly $25-million in business annually. That generated a lot of publicity in outside publications. Mona Christensen, Executive Director of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, can't say whether those articles have attracted more people. But she says some recent jazz concerts have become increasingly popular.   [/audio]   Those con...
Aug 30, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Sister Bay marks the unofficial end of summer with their annual Marina Fest this weekend. Originating as a celebration to commemorate the village’s rebuilt marina in 1993, the Labor Day weekend event now includes food, entertainment, and a Saturday night fireworks display. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht has helped organize the event this year with other non-profits and hopes they can carry on the tradition. [/audio] You can find a full schedule of events for this year’s Marina Fest online with this story.   Saturday, September 1, 2018 7:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. – Pancake Breakfast 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Vintage Boat Show & Ice Cream Sa...
Aug 30, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Roger Kuhns will be playing his familiar role as Jens Jensen Wednesday evening in Baileys Harbor.  The program called “An Evening with Jens Jensen” will have Kuhns depicting Jensen’s life in his later years.  Kuhns explains what audiences will experience during his monologue while he is in full character. [KUHNS] Jensen founded the Clearing in Ellison Bay as a folk school back in 1935.  Kuhn’s characterization of Jens Jensen will begin at 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.  The program is hosted by the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, the Ridges Sanctuary, and the Friends of Toft Point. (photo submitted)
Aug 28, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Imagine getting married to the traditional Nashville sound while riding on horseback in Door County. The Fiddlers Farm in Sturgeon Bay can make that a reality. Teri Rass and her husband, Dan, are country and bluegrass music fans and had dreamed of having their own place to perform. Their daughter, Hana, wanted a place to raise horses and found a farm on County Road C, near the airport. Teri Rass saw all of their dreams coming true in one location.   [/audio]     The Fiddlers Farm has been open since Spring and will be hosting "An Evening of Bluegrass, Classic Country and Western Swing" Sunday, September 2nd.
Aug 28, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Scat’s Got Your Tongue may not move as much as some food trucks, but it is still giving the same unique experience for diners in Sturgeon Bay. This summer marks the first full season for the food truck operated by Rob Scaturo of Scaturo’s Baking Company and Cafe, who debuted Scat’s Got Your Tongue last July. The food truck offers different menu items than its bricks and mortar counterpart and changes with its customer’s tastes. Scaturo says any business selling food is competing with each other but believes he has been sensitive to other competitors. [/audio] Other than its Wednesday residency at Martin Park for city events, Scat’s Got Your Tongue is open Thursday-S...
Aug 28, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Jeanne Kuhns has what some may consider a dream career. She's a singer-songwriter and painter, who owns Door County's Lost Moth Gallery. Jeanne Kuhns's family fueled her artistic side. Her grandmother, who knew Georgia O'Keefe, inspired her to paint. Her parents were folk music fans who played and listened to songs by Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Segar and others. Kuhns has had to put aside her artistic pursuits to meet life's challenges. But she adds that's what's great about having artistic abilities. [/audio]   Jeanne Kuhns's career path started at art school, changed to zoological studies and finally ended in nursing school to support her family...
Aug 27, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              A 19-year old composer is accomplishing much more at the Midsummer Music Festival in Sister Bay than many will do in a lifetime. Jacob Beranek is the festival's composer in residence. He has written and published eight original compositions. A new composition is being performed at Midsummer's Music's "A Czech's Life" concert series. The Oconomowoc-native says when he writes a piece he has listeners in Sister Bay or wherever he's performing close to his heart.     [/audio]   Beranek is in his second summer as the composer in residence at Midsummer's Music Festival and will return for two more seasons. He'll also be performing at Prag...
Aug 26, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A traveling racial literacy exhibit designed to promote social inclusion for people of color is on display now through Sunday in Door County.  The “Color-Brave Photo Project:  Black and Brown Faces, A New Narrative” exhibit is at the Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  Fit Oshkosh put together the traveling display that Shirley Senarighi of the Door County Civility Project describes. [/audio]   The Color-Brave Photo Project will offer a special reception on Friday evening at 6 pm with a community conversation to follow at 7 pm.
Aug 24, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Ticket sales are underway for the 4th Annual Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival. There are several boat tour options available. One travels around Baileys Harbor, another to Plum Island and a third to Chambers Island while the fourth tour aboard a 19th-century tall ship will sail toward Eagle Bluff light. But for those who want the point of view of a lighthouse keeper, Carrie Dorski of the Door County Maritime Museum says there's a land tour of the nautical sights around Baileys Harbor.   [/audio]   The 4th Annual Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival is set for October 6th and 7th. For more information check out the Door County Maritime Museum's we...
Aug 22, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The public is invited to participate in a monarch butterfly tagging event this Sunday in Sturgeon Bay.  Crossroads at Big Creek will be hosting the annual Monarch Tagging Day with Guest Naturalist Karen Newbern.  After a short program, attendees will be able to spread out through the Big Creek Preserve to capture, tag and release monarch butterflies.  Director Coggin Herringa says every year some families even bring monarchs they capture at home to be tagged at Crossroads.  She says a lot can be learned from the migration of the butterflies. [/audio]   Newbern’s brief program will be held at 2 pm Sunday at the Collins Learning Center followed by the netting and ...
Aug 22, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Visitors to Midsummer's Music in SisterBay will hear the world premiere of a classical music piece this weekend. It's written by Midsummer's Music's composer in residence, Jacob Beranek. "Partita melodica" will be part of the "Czech Life" performances. If you attend the concerts and think it sounds like something written by Anton Dvorak during his 1893 visit to Iowa, Beranek admits it was part of his inspiration.   [/audio]   Beranek himself will be heading to the Czech Republic in November. He'll be performing at Prague Castle as part the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
Aug 20, 2018
By Terry Kovarik              Algoma's Bren Sibilisky brings nature to life through her sculptures. Her works appeal to those who call Wisconsin and the Great Lakes home. Soon, Sibilsky will use her talents to help judge works from around the world. She's been selected as a juror for the Manhattan Art International online exhibit "Our Bond with Nature". Sibilsky says the timing is perfect.   [/audio]   The "Our Bond with Nature" online exhibit runs from October 25th through Christmas Day.
Aug 16, 2018
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By Huehns Funeral Home  Doris “Dorie” Marie Ullsperger, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Tuesday night, November 13, 2018 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF.      She was born December 22, 1919 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late George Arthur Draeb and Lydia Louise (Taube) Draeb. Dorie was the drum majorette in the Sturgeon Bay High School marching band and graduated as class valedictorian with the class of 1937. She went on to ...
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By Schinderle Funeral Home Kathryn A. (Nessinger) Zastrow, 90, was granted her angel wings on Saturday November 10, 2018. She choose her youngest son’s birthday to go to heaven as her gift to him and the family, freeing her from the dementia that took over her body in the past several years.  She was a mentor to her kids, grandkids and so many more that were touched by her life!  She was known for her baking and cooking skills and always finding room for another at the ta...
Nov 12, 2018
By Casperson Funeral Home Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Tarsitano, 88, of Baileys Harbor, WI, was called Home, Friday, November 9, 2018 while at Hearthside CBRF in Sister Bay, WI. She was born August 11, 1930 in Spaulding, NE, the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Hinze) Patterson. Betty earned her BSN at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and later received her PhD in Education. She taught at Loyola University Chicago before entering the home health service. On December 27, 196...
Nov 12, 2018
By McMahon Funeral HomeLee A. Dworak, 85, of Denmark, died Saturday evening, November 10, 2018, at his home. He was born in the town of New Denmark on August 24, 1933, to the late Sylvester G. and Agnes F. (Martin) Dworak. He served his country in the U. S. Army between 1954 and 1960. On October 31, 1959, he married Joan A. Van Den Plas at Robinsonville Presbyterian Church in Champion. She preceded him in death on August 28, 2010. Together they ran a dairy farm in the town of Eaton where he coul...
Nov 11, 2018
By Forbes Funeral HomeGary Farber, 75, of Ellison Bay, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, due to heart problems.  Gary was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Waukesha to Royal and Beatrice Farber. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marcia “Marcy” Mittelstrass Farber, his son Corbin K. Farber and his wife Jacqui of Waukesha; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchilden; 2 brothers, Ralph and Ron Farber.   He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Noel Sco...
Nov 09, 2018
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